KANEOHE, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel that was about 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay Friday.
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 a 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 (EPIRB) 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.
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