KAENA POINT, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two children and three adults are safe after they were rescued from their capsized vessel off Kaena Point Saturday morning.
The Coast Guard received a mayday call at 6:41 a.m. after the 17-foot pleasure craft capsized. Crews in a a 45-foot boat and a Dolphin helicopter responded to the scene.
The Dolphin crew arrived and found the two children in lifejackets and the three adults not in lifejackets, clinging to the overturned vessel. A rescue swimmer was lowered to the water, who was able to rescue one adult man and the two children. A vessel that was nearby rescued the two other men.
"This rescue is a perfect example of why boaters must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water" said Lt Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer. "Because this boat had a working VHF radio and properly sized lifejackets for the children, we were able to determine the boat's location and rescuers were able to save five lives in distress."
The Coast Guard recommends all mariners ensure they are prepared before heading out on the water. This includes having appropriate safety equipment, checking local weather conditions and ensuring the vessel is seaworthy.