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Fisherman, adrift and out of gas, rescued by Coast Guard

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 05:05 p.m. HST, Jan 16, 2014


The Coast Guard rescued a fisherman who spent the night adrift and out of gas off the coast of Kailua-Kona.

The fisherman was last seen Wednesday afternoon on his 17-foot fishing boat about 40 miles west of of Kailua-Kona near a NOAA data buoy.

He was reported missing at 6:11 p.m. after he failed to return home.

A HC-130 Hercules plane from Air Station Barbers Point began a search at about 10:20 p.m. and the Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake, an 87-foot patrol boat, left its homeport in Honolulu to join the search.

The Hercules crew dropped marker buoys to calculate the probable drift of the fishing boat and the Coast Guard developed a search plan.

The Coast Guard plane spotted the vessel at 1:20 a.m. about nine miles west of Kailua-Kona and saw a man waving his arms to attract their attention.

The plane circled the boat until Kittiwake arrived at 4 a.m. to take the vessel in tow.

A Hawaii County Fire Department rescue boat met up with the cutter and continued towing the man and his boat to Keahou Marina.

The fisherman was wearing a lifejacket, but was not equipped with a working VHF radio, flares and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.







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nitpikker wrote:
survival of the fittest. he is not one. not enough gas, no emergency gear, no common sense, shouldn't survive.
on January 16,2014 | 04:40PM
downtown wrote:
Let's see. Out 40 miles in a 17 ft boat without reserve gas, by himself, no VHF, no EPIRB, no signals, and no brains. What an idiot. He should reimburse we taxpayers for his rescue. He is alive despite everything he did to make his rescue unlikely. He should be thankful for the skill and dedication of the USCG and for the tradewinds not blowing, or he'd be halfway to the Marshalls by now.
on January 16,2014 | 09:29PM
false wrote:
No brain, no pain!
on January 17,2014 | 06:11AM
Upperkula wrote:
LoL, that is a good one
on January 17,2014 | 06:43PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Unfortunately, it is not unusual to have people go out fishing totally unprepared. I used to go fishing with someone who forgot to bring tools and extra plugs for his outboard, knife to cut bait, half a tank of gas and the list goes on. Needless to say after one incident where his motor died outside of Kaneohe Bay and I had to swim in towing the boat, I never went fishing with him again.
on January 17,2014 | 06:32AM
Aquarius1 wrote:
Oh no! People like that spawn and perpetuate that line of species. This does not bode well for mankind.
on January 17,2014 | 09:51AM
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