Coast Guard assists boaters off Pohokiki


The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska assisted the crew aboard a disabled vessel on Sunday approximately 6 miles east of Pohokiki off the Big Island.

The Coast Guardwas notified that the 24-foot Mellow Yellow had lost steering at 7:15 a.m. Sunday. Two people were aboard the vessel.

The Kiska crew arrived to the vessel’s location and transferred engineers to make temporary repairs on the Mellow Yellow’s steering system. Coast Guardsmen made a very basic rudder system using wood and rope. Coast Guard engineers remained aboard the vessel and ensured its safe return to Hilo Harbor, using the makeshift rudder.

 

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