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Coast Guard cites boat owner after rescue

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:44 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2014

The Coast Guard cited the owner of a boat that they rescued, after discovering expired flares on the 19-foot Boston Whaler.

Four people were on board the boat, which suffered an engine failure 12 miles northeast of Kaneohe Bay Monday afternoon.

One of the people on the boat was able to call for help on a cell phone and the Coast Guard sent a 45-foot vessel to tow them back to shore.

The Coast Guard boat arrived on scene at 5:15 p.m. and towed the vessel to Kaneohe Bay, where another vessel helped bring it to Heeia Kea Pier.

In a news release, the Coast Guard advised all mariners to make sure they have the necessary safety equipment on board and that it is in working condition.

"This includes flares, lifejackets and a working VHF radio," the Coast Guard release said. "Cell phones are often unreliable off-shore and only provide one-on-one communication versus one-to-many with a VHF radio."

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videofun wrote:
So what was the fine? High enough to get everyone's attention?
on February 25,2014 | 03:57PM
nitpikker wrote:
hopefully theres a fine. everyone knows a simple citation is as effective as wagging ones finger.
on February 26,2014 | 05:23AM
Hugo wrote:
The Coasties gave me a free courtesy Safety Inspection after the 83 Boat got to me one cutter-length away from the surf line. north of Montery, CA. First item on the list: life jacket. The Petty Officer saw my personal floatation device and said "check". I told him to "WAIT". I took off that jacket so he could see the second jacket I was wearing. How many life jackets did Eddie wear? The rudder fell out of the bottom of the sailboat. Hard to steer.
on February 26,2014 | 07:35AM
bekwell wrote:
The Coast Guard will inspect your boar for you. Safety first. You should be aware of what is needed and exceed the minimum. Now, on the other hand, I know of some that called on a cell phone for a tow from a friend, rather than running the risk of a fine.
on February 26,2014 | 08:10AM
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