Coast Guard crews rescues 3 after vessel capsizes off Kauai

HONOLULU – Coast Guard crews rescued two people from a capsized vessel and one person from the break wall, one mile south of Nawiliwili Harbor, after their vessel overturned about 3 a.m., Friday.

Search and rescue coordinators from Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call via channel 16 from the captain of the 25-foot pleasure craft at approximately 2:30 a.m. Coordinators then relayed the information to search and rescue crews from Coast Guard Station Kauai who responded to the incident.

Rescue crews arrived on scene at 3:40 a.m. and found two people in water. The recue team plucked the mariners from the sea and transferred them to their 31-foot Utility Boat. Once aboard, the distressed captain reported there was a third person who jumped over-board and attempted to swim ashore. The third person was found on the break wall, signaling the rescue crew with his flashlight.

“In the event of a vessel capsize, it is highly recommend you stay with your craft,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Charles Palmer, the coxswain involved in this case. “Help us help you – whistles, flashlights, and mirrors may all be used to help draw attention.”

“Always wear your life jacket,” said Palmer.

The sea conditions were reported at 10 knot winds and three foot seas. No injuries were reported.

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