14th District Hawaii & the Pacific Public Affairs
July 08, 2012
U.S. Coast Guard
Contact: 14th District Public Affairs
Office: (808) 535-3230
Coast Guard, Honolulu Fire Department rescue six canoeists
HONOLULU – Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Ahi, along with members of the Honolulu Fire Department, rescued six mariners from a capsized canoe approximately three miles off the coast of Barbers Point at 11 a.m. Saturday.
The six canoeists were transiting to the west side of the island when they capsized. All six managed to stay together by hanging to the canoe and alerted authorities via cell phone.
The fire department, having the ability to obtain a Global Positioning System position off the incoming cell phone call, provided the Ahi crew with the location of the mariners. Along with the Coast Guard crew, the fire department also arrived on scene with their Air One helicopter. The crew aboard the Ahi subsequently rescued the mariners.
No one was injured in the incident and the Ahi crew returned all six people to Ko’olina Marina.
The Coast Guard recommends mariners purchase and maintain a VHF radio. Mobile phones are not a reliable tool for reporting a maritime accident, even if you are close to shore. The Coast Guard can be reached in emergency situations 24 hours a day on VHF channel 16. The Coast Guard highly recommends mariners wear lifejackets at all times while aboard any type of watercraft.
For more information contact Lt. Leigh Cotterell, the Sector Honolulu public affairs officer, at 808-292-3692.
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