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HOT deployment cruise rescued by US Coast Guard

posted Jan 7, 2012, 11:44 AM by Matthew Alford   [ updated Jan 9, 2012, 8:30 AM ]
The Wavechasers team was preparing to deploy the HOT mooring 60 miles north of Oahu, Hawaii, when the R/V Kilo Moana developed a baseball-sized hole in the hull.  Hours later, the ship's pumps were not able to keep up with the gush of water so the ship called the coast guard.  Soon a C-130 aircraft dropped emergency pumps, a helicopter dropped rescue swimmers, and eventually the ship was able to keep up with the leak so that we made it back to Honolulu Harbor this morning.  A diver just patched the hole, allowing the ship to pump out enough water to return to the dock.  We'll be back at 11:30.

This was the top story at Honolulu's KHON.

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We did not employ the mooring, but we are all safe.