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Fisherman missing overnight rescued off Kapaa

By Star-Advertiser staff

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A fisherman who had been missing overnight was rescued Thursday by the Coast Guard about five miles off of Kapaa.

The man, 61, was reported overdue from a fishing trip at about 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. According to the Coast Guard, he departed in a 14-foot Boston Whaler from the Waikaea Canal in Kapaa earlier in the day along with a group of other fishing boats.

The Kauai Fire Department and Kauai Police Department joined the Coast Guard in a search that covered nearly 2,000 square miles.

The man reported hearing a helicopter and flashing a light, but the light was not seen by rescue crews due to the weather conditions, the Coast Guard said. He did not have a VHF marine radio, GPS, compass or signal flares. 

The Coast Guard said at 8:09 a.m. Thursday, a crewmember on one of its rescue helicopters spotted the fisherman, and he was escorted back to Kapaa Harbor.







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juscasting wrote:
Real smart...No safety gear, but I bet this lolo had one 12 pack and plenty ice on board!
on February 6,2014 | 01:55PM
akio wrote:
What an idiot, I hope he has to pay for the rescue
on February 6,2014 | 03:09PM
Carang_da_buggahz wrote:
"He did not have a VHF marine radio, GPS, compass or signal flares." What kind of a LOLO goes out to sea without ANY kind of safety gear such as this? It wouldn't surprise me if this moron didn't have any life jackets either. He ought to be charged for the costs of this search and severely chastised for putting his would-be rescuers at risk. This guy just screams out to be made an example of for the boating community. Your tax dollars at work.
on February 6,2014 | 03:53PM
sak wrote:
Lucky-Lo-Lo! If he did this off of Mexico, he could have been adrift for 13 Months! Lucky this Lo-Lo live Hawaii!
on February 6,2014 | 07:37PM
downtown wrote:
What a bozo. Out by himself in a 14' boat. No VHF, no EPIRB, no flares, just a teeny flashlight. You can get a handheld marine VHF radio for less than $50 on Amazon. Hey brah, your life not even worth that much? Should be cited and pay for the rescue. Per Act 54: effective January 1, 2004, all vessels more than 1 mile offshore must have a EPIRB or VHF radio on board, for details visit: SB 42 EPIRB/VHF-FM Radio; Mandatory Use on Watercraft www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2003/status/SB42.asp
on February 7,2014 | 10:39AM
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