Coast Guard rescues five men stranded in waters off Kiribati

Coast Guard rescues five men stranded in waters off Kiribati

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Coast Guard crews rescued five men Saturday after they were stranded in waters off Kiribati for four days.

Rescue crews spotted the 14-foot aluminum skiff while searching 184 miles east northeast of Teraina Island, Kiribati on Friday.

The men were reported to be in good condition once they were rescued.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center received notification at 4:37 p.m. Wednesday, from the Rescue Coordination Center in Nandi, near Fiji, reporting an overdue skiff with five men aboard who had not returned after departing on a fishing trip from Teraina Island, Kiribati, Monday.

The men were reportedly on a skiff with no engine, little provisions and no lifesaving equipment.

After searching for several days with negative results, the Hercules air crew located the men at 4:15 p.m., Friday, and dropped food, water, two VHF radios, a Coast Guard issued Personal Location Beacon, a signal mirror and flares to the skiff.

Two motor vessels, the Shourong Harmony and the Moamoa, were also deployed to assist with the rescue.

The Shourong Harmony is scheduled to rendezvous with the Moamoa to transfer the men where they will be taken back to Kiribati.

The distance from Honolulu to where the men were rescued is about 1,087 miles.

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