Three fishermen rescued from capsized vessel

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – Three mariners are safe after their 16-foot boat capsized approximately one mile south of Runway Reef in the vicinity of Honolulu International Airport at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Coast Guard search and rescue coordinators at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu were alerted to the boater’s distress by the Honolulu Fire Department and one of the men previously aboard the capsized vessel.

A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Coast Guard Station Honolulu and a member of Ocean Safety aboard a jet ski were sent to assist. Honolulu Fire Department also deployed their Air One helicopter and established an Incident Command Post at Keehi Lagoon.

The boaters were rescued and were transferred to the ICP at Keehi Lagoon by the Coast Guard. They were evaluated by emergency medical services and released. The boaters, aged 43, 44 and 51 donned life jackets prior to the boat capsizing.

The capsized vessel is still in the water and was scheduled to be salvaged late Saturday. An estimated 15 gallons of gasoline remain aboard the vessel. At the time of the incident, there were no signs of pollution.

Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning. The Coast Guard advises all mariners to have appropriate safety equipment aboard their vessels, to include life jackets, flares and a VHF radio. This holiday season, boating safety equipment can make great gifts for friends and loved ones who enjoy activities on the water.

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