7 rescued after sailboat sinks

By Kenny Choi
Published On: Aug 13 2012 11:09:05 PM HST
Updated On: Aug 14 2012 08:24:55 AM HST

Some boaters waited two hours in cold ocean during the pitch dark after their sailboat sank off the coast of Kaena Point.

KAENA POINT, Hawaii -

Some waited in the open ocean for more than two hours.

That's what some boaters did early Monday morning when their sailboat sank twenty-nine miles off of Kaena Point on Oahu.

The 30-foot sailboat Cowabunga seemed to be operating like normal, according to Cowabunga Captain Zach Denzer.

But the boat started taking in water approximately seven hours after they left Kauai as part of the Kauai Channel Race to Oahu. 

"Within a couple minutes of bailing water from the boat, we knew we were in trouble," said Denzer, who sailed for the University of Hawaii Sailing Team. 

"Never did it cross my mind that our boat would sink.  At that point, I just put lot of faith in our team," said Bree Nidds.

After making a distress and mayday call to the Coast Guard around 12:30 a.m., the group of seven prepared for the worst. 

"I think we were silently freaking out but we kept it together.  Those thoughts go through your head.  I'm not ready to go," said Mike Hanson. 

The U.S. Coast Guard came to the rescue approximately two hours after the boat sank.

"We've known people who have passed in the water.  I'm thankful we made it through," said Hanson. 

The entire group flew back together from Kauai to Oahu this afternoon.

Many in the group say they plan to sail again.

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