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North Pacific, Kiribati: Cruise ship rescues sailors from yacht stranded on reef

By Maritime Executive — last modified Feb 16, 2016 02:34 PM
Two sailors are safe after their 37-foot sailing vessel sustained severe damage when it ran aground, stranding them on a small remote island near Malden Island, Kiribati in the Pacific Ocean.

Published: 2015-04-16 23:00:00
Topics: Safety and Medical
Countries: French Polynesia , Hawaii , Kiribati

As reported by the Martitime Executive - http://www.maritime-executive.com/article/cruise-ship-rescues-sailors-from-remote-island

The men were en route to Tahiti from Lanai, Hawaii, when they ran aground on a coral reef in their vessel, Hina Nui. One of the sailors contacted his wife via satellite phone to relay their distress. The men reported irreparable damage to the sailboat, but that they were safe and uninjured.

The wife contacted watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu at 11:20 p.m., Wednesday.

Coast Guard watchstanders identified the nearby Celebrity Solstice, a 963-foot cruise ship, approximately 184 miles from the stranded mariners. The cruise ship agreed to divert course to rescue the two men.

The crew of the cruise ship identified a safe location on the western side of the island and communicated with the mariners using a VHF radio. The men hiked from the eastern tip of the island where the sailboat grounded, and met the rescue crew from the cruise ship. At approximately 10 a.m., the men were successfully transported back to the cruise ship.

The Celebrity Solstice is currently en route to its next port call to the Hawaiian Islands.

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boatrips
boatrips says:
Apr 19, 2015 05:36 PM

Please publish the Latitude & longitude of the reef SV Hina Nui found, I want to mark it on my digital charts. Thanks.

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