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Man rescued after falling overboard 2 miles off Lanai

By Star-Advertiser staff

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.

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Compassionate_Cat wrote:
They should have just turned around and picked him up. I've been on lots of fishing boats and I can't see them losing a crewman working the boat...or even a fisherman...How could they not pick him up?
on February 16,2012 | 07:45AM
browniegirl wrote:
How does someone "fall off" a boat and nobody sees him or goes back to look for him? And this was a charter boat? THAT can't be good for business, which I hope is over.
on February 16,2012 | 08:45AM
Compassionate_Cat wrote:
Thank God he was rescued!
on February 16,2012 | 10:04AM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
I'd wager that this guy "found Jesus" during his 3 hours in the drink.
on February 16,2012 | 10:33AM
Waterman2 wrote:
No problem, he can swim easy! Have another maitai.
on February 16,2012 | 05:42PM
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