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Coast Guard rescues seven people off Oahu and Molokai

By Star-Advertiser Staff


The Coast Guard rescued seven people in separate incidents off Oahu and Molokai on Saturday.

The Coast Guard cutter Ahi and the Honolulu Fire Department picked up six people in a capsized canoe about three miles off Barbers Point.

The mariners were traveling on the west side of Oahu when their canoe capsized. They managed to stay together by hanging on to the canoe and called for help on a cell phone, the Coast Guard said.

The Honolulu Fire Department was able to determine their location from the cell phone signal and the Fire Department helicopter arrived on scene along with the cutter, which picked them up and brought them back to the Ko Olina Marina.

In another incident off the northwest coast of Molokai, the Coast Guard and Maui County police rescued a kayaker in distress at about 7 p.m. near Kaluakoi Villas.

The Coast Guard received a call from a hand-held VHF radio that a kayak was being swamped with water, while three other kayakers were being swept out to sea.

A Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter located one of the kayakers and brought him into the helicopter. The Maui County Police Department located the other three safely ashore.

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SueH wrote:
These people should have more common sense and respect for the ocean, or stay home.
on July 8,2012 | 08:53AM
HD36 wrote:
Lucky they located him from the VHF. If you're way out, and you have no bearings, you will look like a spec in the ocean. Better to spend the money and get an EPIRB.
on July 8,2012 | 09:11AM
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