Navy and Coast Guard crews rescued an overdue boater, whose boat had sunk, early this morning about 26 miles off Kaena Point.
A large debris field from the boat helped pinpoint the location of the man, the Coast Guard said.
A Navy MH-60R Sea Hawk helicopter crew found him at 1:30 a.m. clinging to a bundle of life jackets.
The aircrew hoisted him up onto the helicopter, transported him to the Queen’s Medical Center with symptoms of hypothermia.
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The boater went out fishing Thursday morning from Waianae in a 16-foot boat, “Size No Matter,” and did not return.
The fisherman’s family called the Coast Guard.
Watchstanders received the report at 5:21 p.m., and issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast notice to mariners.
They launched an HC-130 Hercules plan and diverted a cutter to respond to the missing boater.
The Hercules crew saw debris in the area and another cutter and a 45-foot response boat-medium were launched to assist in the search.
The Navy sent out three MH-60-R Sea Hawk helicopters from Kaneohe to assist.
The Coast Guard is investigating how the boat sank, and is trying to get the full story from the boater, a spokesman for the Coast Guard said.