HONOLULU – A kayaker blown 3 miles out to sea south of Yokohama Bay was rescued by the Coast Guard Sunday after being reported overdue.
The missing 46-year-old man was kayaking with a partner a half mile from shore when wind separated them. After two hours the other individual became concerned and contacted authorities.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were notified at approximately 6 p.m. by the Honolulu Police Department that the man was missing.
An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter rescue crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched and Honolulu based 87-foot Coast Guard Cutter Kittiwake was directed to the search area. Honolulu Fire Department and Ocean Safety also responded.
The crew of the Kittiwake located the missing kayaker approximately 3 miles offshore from Yokohama Bay.
The crew safely brought the kayaker aboard and transferred him to a Honolulu Fire Department boat.
“We’re glad that people are home safely tonight,” said Jason Kondrat, operations petty officer aboard the Kittiwake. “I would like to encourage boaters to carry and properly maintain distress signals on board their vessels.”
“The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to monitor weather conditions, file a float plan and take appropriate safety equipment before heading out,” said Chief Petty Officer Jaime Benavente, a search and rescue coordinator at Sector Honolulu.