Distress beacon helps Coast Guard rescue two Maui kayakers

Coast Guard District 14 NewsHONOLULU – Two 18-year old male kayakers are safe after being rescued by Coast Guard crews in the vicinity of Malele Bay, Lanai while kayaking from Maui to Lanai Tuesday.

At approximately 6 p.m. Coast Guard Sector Honolulu search and rescue coordinators received a distress signal transmitted by a personal locator beacon carried by one of the men. ?A 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, from Coast Guard Station Maui, and an MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter, from Air Station Barbers Point, were dispatched and arrived on scene within 20 minutes.

Crew members aboard the Dolphin sighted one of the men in the water near his overturned kayak.  A rescue swimmer was immediately lowered to rescue the man. Within several minutes the other kayaker and his kayak were located safely ashore on Manele Bay.

The uninjured  kayaker aboard the Dolphin helicopter was flown to Kahului, Maui and the kayaker ashore will spend the night in Lani and transit to Maui in the morning.

Maritime accidents can occur quickly and without warning. The Coast Guard recomends all mariners carry safety equipment such as flares, VHF radio and lifejackets. Personal locator beacons are an added layer of security that allows rescuers to quickly identify distress emergency within minutes of activation. More information on boating safety can be found at : http://www.uscgboating.org/.


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