Coast Guard Saves Man From Sinking Vessel

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Coast Guard crewmembers rescued a man Wednesday minutes after he reported his boat sinking about four miles southwest of Molokai.

The man called the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu radio watch stander on VHF-FM channel 16 radio at 2:47 p.m. reporting his 12-foot boat was sinking.

Coast Guard rescue helicopter crews were on scene within 13 minutes of the initial distress call. The survivor was wearing his personal flotation vest when he was rescued from the boat.

"This mariner actually saved himself," said Lt.j.g. Peter Gavin, a search and rescue specialist at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu. "He had on his lifejacket, first and foremost, then he contacted us on the marine-band radio to let us know where he was. We just came along and gave him a ride."

The vessel was last reported still sinking about four miles off the southwest coast of Molokai. There is no report of pollution. Mariners are encouraged to keep a sharp lookout for the vessel or any debris.