Actor Rob Lowe played the role of good Samaritan Saturday near Kaupulehu, Hawaii, when, after a sailboat ran aground, he attempted an instinctual jet ski search and rescue for a missing man.
Lowe was sunning on the beach when a 74-foot vessel, the Hawaii Aloha, washed ashore and became stuck in the shallow water. The boat eventually capsized, leading its occupants to board a life raft, reports KITV. That is when Lowe jumped into action to try to save the crew, but unbeknownst to the star, four of the boat’s five occupants had already escaped.
One man, 22-year-old Aaron Bremner, was not on board the lifeboat, which inspired the actor to keep searching; however, his efforts to comb the choppy waters proved unsuccessful.
An MH-65 Dolphin Coast Guard helicopter and 87-foot Coastal Patrol boat were later dispatched from Honolulu to continue searching the area for the man.
The Hawaii Aloha, which is owned by the Christian group Youth with a Mission, departed Kona Friday evening, but shortly after, received an advisory for “dangerous conditions.”
The crew was reportedly waiting out a storm about six miles offshore when they became distressed.