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Two People Treading Water Rescued Off Capsized Vessel Off Kaloli Point

Two people were rescued off a capsized vessel off Kaloli Point this morning around 11:00.

Location: Open Ocean Quarter Mile off Shore area of Kaloli Point

Found at Scene: Ocean Rescue

Cause: Capsized Boat

Remarks: Responded to report of capsized vessel in the area of either Hilo Bay or Kaloli Point. Company 1 and Chopper 1 unable to locate vessel in Hilo Bay. Chopper 1 was able to locate a 20 foot Bayliner partially submerged in ocean ~ 1/4 mile from shoreline in the area of Kaloli Point with 2 occupants treading water beside it.  Both parties safely rescued from the ocean by Chopper 1 and rescue personnel, assisted to safe area by Engine 18. No injuries reported. US Coast Guard to arrange salvage of boat with owner. No further assistance needed.

May Day Distress Call Prompts Coast Guard to Rescue Five From Capsized Vessel Off Sand Island

The Coast Guard rescued five mariners from a capsized vessel approximately one mile from Kalihi Channel, Oahu, Sunday.

At 3:39 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a mayday call over VHF channel 16 from the owner of a 21-foot recreational vessel that overturned off Sand Island.

CLICK TO HEAR MAYDAY DISTRESS CALL

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew from Station Honolulu arrived on scene at 3:52 p.m., rescued the five people and transferred them to Ke’ehi Lagoon.

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat

Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat

“This case had a happy ending because they had a working VHF radio on board their vessel,” said Lt. Patton Epperson, command duty officer at Sector Honolulu. “As soon as this vessel used their radio to call mayday, followed by their position and a description of the boat, we were able to send a rescue boat directly to their location.”

The Coast Guard advises all mariners to carry appropriate safety equipment to include a VHF radio, lifejackets and flares. Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning and mariners should take appropriate steps to be prepared. For more information on boating safety, mariners can visit www.uscgboating.org.

A commercial salvage company removed the vessel from the water.

For more information, contact the 14th Coast Guard District Public Affairs office at (808) 535-3230.