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Coast Guard rescues 2 children, 3 adults from capsized boat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:04 a.m. HST, Jun 09, 2013

Two children and three men are safe after they were rescued from their capsized vessel off Kaena Point on Saturday morning.

The Coast Guard Sector received a Mayday call at 6:41 a.m. after the 17-foot boat capsized and dispatched a 45-foot response boat  from Station Honolulu and an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Air Station Barbers Point to the scene.

The helicopter crew found the two children in life jackets and the three men, not in life jackets, clinging to the overturned vessel.  The crew lowered a rescue swimmer  to the water and brought one man and the two children to the helicopter.  A nearby vessel rescued the two other men. 

The Coast Guard helicopter brought the mariners to Dillingham Airfield where paramedics treated them, the Coast Guard said in a news release.

“This rescue is a perfect example of why boaters must be sure they have good safety equipment and reliable communications before heading out on the water” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, in the news release.  “Because this boat had a working VHF radio and properly sized life jackets for the children, we were able to determine the boat’s location and rescuers were able to save five lives in distress.”

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mick96734 wrote:
Great job by the men and women of the Coast Guard who risk their lives for our mariners.
on June 8,2013 | 03:15PM
808comp wrote:
Just watching the rescue makes you proud of these men and women. I guess all of their exercise pays off at the end.Good job !!
on June 8,2013 | 05:32PM
jomama wrote:
anybody know why they took them up in the basket when there were several boats nearby that could have easily picked them up?
on June 8,2013 | 08:08PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
God Bless the Coasties. They have been the saviors of many, many people in distress at sea. We salute you and thank you for risking your lives for the public in an unforgiving environment.
on June 9,2013 | 04:59AM
dlum003 wrote:
Call me overprotective, but I'd never take mine or any young kids on an open ocean sailprecisely because this can happen.
on June 9,2013 | 07:46AM
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