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Coast Guard Rescues Three More off Oahu After Boat Capsizes

Three men were rescued from their 28-foot capsized vessel approximately six and a half miles southwest of Kaena Point, Oahu, Sunday.
A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter

Rescued were Jason Barlow, 34-years-old, Todd Larsen, 42-years-old, Stephen Humphreys, 28-years-old.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 6:30 p.m., Saturday, from the girlfriend of the the master of a 28-foot recreational vessel stating he and his friends were overdue from an ahi fishing trip.

At approximately 10 p.m., Saturday, Sector Honolulu launched an HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and two MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Honolulu, the Coast Guard Cutter Morgenthau and the Coast Guard Cutter Galveston Island to search their last known location. The Honolulu Fire Department also assisted in the search by providing a fire boat crew and helicopter crew.

At approximately 8:30 a.m., Sunday, the Dolphin crew located two of the men sitting on top of the hull of their overturned vessel while the other man clung to the hull in the water. A Coast Guard aviation survival technician was lowered and all three men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to back to the air station where emergency medical services were standing by to assist.

All three men were wearing their life jackets and only minor injuries were reported.

“We have had several recreational vessels capsize lately due to various causes,” said Jennifer Conklin, a search and rescue specialist at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu. “We conducted a search and rescue case just yesterday with a capsized vessel. They activated their emergency positioning indicating radio beacon and our rescue helicopter was able to fly directly to them without searching. Both crews survived but one group spent over 20 hours overnight in the water. Mariners that provide detailed float plans with friends and family, have registered EPIRB’s and are prepared for the worst can really take the search out of search and rescue.”

The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety and communications equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy. For more information on boating safety visit www.uscgboating.org.

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