Emergency radio beacon signal prompts rescue of Hawaiian mariners

14th Coast Guard District NewsHONOLULU – A signal from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon prompted the rescue of three local men aboard a 24-foot recreational vessel approximately 18 miles south of Pearl Harbor, Wednesday.

Members of Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu detected the EPIRB signal at approximately 11:08 a.m.

Coast Guardsmen from Station Honolulu responded aboard a 45-foot Response Boat-Medium, arriving on scene at 1:20 p.m. An aircrew piloting an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from Air Station Barbers Point was diverted to establish communications between Sector Honolulu and the A’ Ala crew, arriving on scene at 12:20 p.m.

The Station Honolulu crewmembers met with the A’ Ala crew, who were in good condition with no reported injuries. The Coast Guard crew arranged to tow the A’ Ala back to Keehi Lagoon.

“To put it simply, EPIRBs help take the ‘search’ out of search and rescue,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Joshua Herman, a situation unit controller in JRCC Honolulu. “This case is a perfect example of how valuable an EPIRB is. The Coast Guard highly recommends all mariners keep and maintain an EPIRB aboard their vessels, with up to date registration information.”

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