POSTED: 07:43 a.m. HST, Feb 16, 2012
LAST UPDATED: 09:08 a.m. HST, Feb 16, 2012
The Maui Fire Department rescued a 45-year-old man nearly three hours after he fell overboard from a 37-foot fishing charter boat near Lanai this morning.
The Coast Guard reported that the Maui Fire Department rescue boat pulled the man out of the water around 8:15 a.m. He was reported missing at 5: 28 a.m. when the Maui Fire Department received the distress call from the 37-foot vessel "No Problem," about two miles southwest of Lanai.
The man's condition was not immediately available.
A Maui Fire Department spokesman didn't know if the man was a crew member or a visitor.
Hawaiian waters exposed to a north swell are under a small craft advisory today. The National Weather Service winds are blowing from the northwest at up to 25 knots and combined seas could reach 9 to 17 feet today.
A helicopter from the Maui Fire Department and a Coast Guard MH-55 Dolphin helicopter joined the search this morning along with the Maui Fire Department's rescue boat, the Coast Guard's cutter Kiska and a 45-foot Coast Guard response boat.