Missing boater found off Oahu clinging onto a bundle of life jackets

Missing boater found off Oahu clinging onto a bundle of life jackets

WAIANAE, Hawaii (HawaiiNewsNow) - After getting into some trouble on the water, a boater who went missing off the coast of Waianae was found by US Coast Guard and Navy crews early Friday.

Rescuers found the boater of the 16-foot recreational vessel “Size No Matter” at 1:30 a.m.

A helicopter crew said boater was spotted clinging onto a bundle of life jackets 26 miles west of Kaena Point. The aircrew lifted the boater to safety and transported him to the Queen’s Medical Center.

He was treated for hypothermia, but was otherwise said to be in good condition.

The boater had been missing since Thursday morning and was last seen roughly 18 miles off shore at around noon.

Rescue crews began searching for the missing boater after a family member told authorities that the boater went fishing in the morning and did not return.

Officials said search crews had initially found some debris in the area, but it’s unclear if they came from the missing boat.

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