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

Published 8 years ago, updated 5 years ago

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.

As reported by the Maritime Executive –

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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  1. August 30, 2018 at 8:29 AM
    Data Entry5 says:

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

    1. August 30, 2018 at 8:29 AM
      Data Entry5 says:

      The link above has a map at the bottom of the page where you can find the waypoints for the tragedy.