HANAPEPE, KAUAI (HawaiiNewsNow) - Three boaters were rescued by Coast Guard after their 14-foot recreational vessel capsized near Port Allen on Kauai, early Sunday morning.
Rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Kauai arrived on scene at 4:44 a.m. on a 45-foot vessel. All three boaters were brought aboard and were transferred to Port Allen to be treated by emergency medical personnel. One of the men was treated for mild hypothermia.
The 911 call came from one of the boaters using his cell phone at about 3:30 a.m.
"Kudos to the three men for staying with their vessel after it capsized and of course for wearing their life jackets," said Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Zienkiewicz, a duty watchstander at Sector Honolulu. "Staying with the vessel increases your chances of survival at sea because it gives a larger point of reference for rescue crews. It also prevents you from becoming too fatigued by attempting to swim."
A Coast Guard marine science technician from Kauai will follow up with the owner to address recovery of the capsized vessel.