YWAM yacht wrecked off Hawaii, crew member feared drowned

A sailing vessel operated by Youth With A Mission (YWAM), the Hawai'i Aloha, has capsized four miles from the Kona coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. A crew member is missing and the captain has been hospitalised with injuries which are not life-threatening.

The boat is one of a fleet used by the Christian charity for mission and ministry in hard-to-reach places in the Pacific region and bring medical and dental care, clean water systems and educational initiatives.

According to YWAM, the 75-foot yacht headed out to sea after receiving a weather warning in order to ride out dangerous conditions. It was cutting into rough waves approximately four miles from shore when a series of large waves hit the vessel broadside, flipping it twice.

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