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From the Honolulu Star Advertiser…

The Coast Guard rescued seven people  after their sailing vessel sank 29 miles off of Kaena Point early this morning.The Coast Guard received a mayday call and distress signal from an emergency radio beacon from the 30-foot Cowabunga sailboat.

The vessel’s captain reported at about that the boat began taking on water at about 12:40 a.m. while sailing to Oahu after a weekend race to Kauai.All seven people on board abandoned ship and went into the water with life jackets. All were experienced mariners.

A 45-foot response boat from Oahu, 47-foot motor life boat from Kauai, and  the 110-foot cutter Galveston Island responded along with an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and C-130 from Barbers Point.The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship Oscar Elton Sette also diverted to assist. The helicopter arrived on scene first, lowered a rescue swimmer with a life raft and lifted four of the mariners into the aircraft at about 1:50 a.m. They were flown to Lihue Airport. The three remaining crewmembers waited in the life raft. The motor life boat arrived on scene at about 3:43 a.m. and took them and the rescue swimmer back to Nawiliwili Harbor. No one was injured. Thread here