One person rescued after 70-foot sailboat runs aground along the rocky Wainaku Coastline Monday evening (February 3rd).
The Hawaii Fire Department (HFD) responded to a report of a 70-foot sailboat that ran aground along the Wainaku Coastline in Hilo Monday evening (February 3rd).
The initial call came in at 5:33 pm Monday evening and HFD crews from the Central and Waiakea (Rescue Company 2) Fire Stations along with Battalion 1 and Chopper 1 responded to the scene located along the Wainaku Coastline (between Honoli'i Beach and Wainaku Scenic Lookout).
Upon the arrival of HFD personnel, they received a call from a boater, unknown age male aboard a 70-foot vessel riding solo, reported his 70-foot sailboat got caught in rough ocean conditions outside of Hilo Bay and ran aground along the rocky coastline.
Once HFD crews arrived on the scene, Chopper 1 located the 70-foot sailboat teetering on rocks along the Wainaku Coastline and being slammed by waves. After locating the sailboat, a Fire-Rescue Specialist (FRS) was lowered/deployed from Chopper 1 using a Billy Pugh Net onto the vessel, where they found the solo crew member aboard. FRS then loaded the crew member into the Billy Pugh Net and safely extricated him to a landing zone, where HFD Medic 1 personnel was awaiting his arrival, where he refused further medical treatment or transport.
The boater reported to HFD personnel that he was en-route to making port at Hilo Harbor after sailing on the sea for 34 days from Los Angeles, California and didn't make it into the harbor.