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Four Rescued From Disabled Boat 12 Miles Off Oahu

Four adults are safe after being rescued from a disabled boat approximately 12 miles northeast of Kaneohe Bay Monday afternoon.

Four adults are safe after being rescued from a disabled Boston Whaler approximately 12 miles northeast of Kaneohe Bay Monday afternoon.

Four adults are safe after being rescued from a disabled Boston Whaler approximately 12 miles northeast of Kaneohe Bay Monday afternoon.

At 3:14 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Honolulu was patched in to a call from the Honolulu Fire Department notifying watchstanders that a 19-foot Boston Whaler suffered an unknown engine casualty and was adrift. An individual aboard the vessel was able to contact the fire department via cell phone.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew was dispatched from Coast Guard Station Honolulu at 3:36 p.m.

The boat crew arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m. and took the vessel in tow. The RB-M crew towed the vessel into Kaneohe Bay where it was met by a Good Samaritan who safely moored the disabled vessel at Hee’ia Kea Pier.

The vessel was boarded and issued a warning for expired flares. The Coast Guard advises all mariners to ensure they have all necessary safety equipment aboard and that it is in working condition. This includes flares, lifejackets and a working VHF radio. Cell phones are often unreliable off-shore and only provide one-on-one communication versus one-to-many with a VHF radio.

Mariners who want to ensure their vessel is safe and compliant with current regulations can request a free safety check by visiting www.vesselsafetycheck.org. For more information on boating safety, visit www.uscgboating.org.

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

Three Men Rescued After Boat Capsizes Off Oahu

Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel approximately 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, Friday.

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

US Coast Guard HH65 Dauphine

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:20 p.m., from a man who received a text message from his three friends who said their 23-foot boat had capsized and they needed to be rescued.

Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska to respond. At the same time, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu also received a distress signal from the capsized vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon that gave an exact position of the capsized vessel.

Using the information from the text message and the EPIRB, the Dolphin crew arrived and found one man sitting on the hull of the capsized vessel and the two other men floating in the water. A Coast Guard aviation survival technician was lowered to the vessel 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 uninjured.

“It cannot be overstated how important working safety gear is when heading out onto the ocean,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu’s public affairs officer. “The position received from this vessel’s emergency position indicating radio beacon was a key factor in getting rescuers to the exact location of these men who were in distress. The EPIRB took the search out of this search and rescue case”.

The capsized boat remains adrift and the Coast Guard issued a safety broadcast to alert mariners of the hazard to navigation.

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.

There are no photos or video available of this rescue.