A Holland America Line cruise ship came to the rescue, reports KCRA, after a pilot in a small, single-engine airplane on a 2,400 mile trip to Maui, Hawaii ran out of gas fuel over the Pacific Ocean and was forced to ditch his plane.
The news station says that the plane ran out of fuel about 250 miles northeast of Maui yesterday afternoon.
The U.S. Coast Guard launched an Hercules 130 aircraft and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Oahu, and alerted the HAL Veendam to the scene.
The Veendam is expected to reach Lahaina, Maui today.
The Star Advertiser reported that the rescue took place amidst 9- to 12-foot seas and 25 to 28 mph winds.
I can’t wait to see the rescue on the passengers’ YouTube videos.
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