WAIALUA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The U.S. Coast Guard and Honolulu firefighters rescued a kayak fisherman early Wednesday off of Waialua on Oahu's North Shore.
The 52-year-old man from Moanalua said that he was fishing for ahi bait around 3:30 a.m. when a rogue wave in 4- to 5-foot seas overturned his kayak.
He said he tried for about an hour to upright the kayak and make his way to shore with the 600-pound vessel before he radioing authorities for help.
Around 5:20 a.m., the Coast Guard inserted a rescue swimmer into the water and stayed with him until HFD rescue firefighters in a small boat arrived.
The man had asked though to stay in the water with his kayak and bring it to shore, so Coast Guard and rescue firefighters assisted him to shore.
He lost some fishing gear and several batteries but said he was thankful to rescuers for helping him.