Five people rescued after boat capsizes off Kaena Point

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Around 6:45 Saturday morning, the Coast Guard got a mayday call from a boat off Leeward Oahu.

A 17-foot pleasure craft with three men and two young boys onboard capsized about a mile and half from Kaena point.

The boat was almost entirely submerged making it tough for the Coast Guard to find the boaters.

“With their radio we could talk to them and with the helicopter we can use a direction finding basically using their radio transmissions to guide us into them,” U.S. Coast Guard aircraft commander, Lt. Matthew Matsuoka said.

Lt. Matsuoka says the two boys, 7 and 11 years old were wearing life jackets.

With the boat capsized, all five people were sitting on top of the hull.

The Coast Guard rescued the two young boys first and then one of the men.

The two other men were in the water waiting when another boat arrived.

“There was a good samaritan on scene also another boat and they had a good distance standoff distance from us they monitored everything they would be able to assist us with the two adults. Our rescue swimmer assisted with transferring the two adults that remained on the boat over to the vessel,” Lt. Matsuoka said.

The Coast Guard says they see an increase in rescues during the summer.

“I think it kind of goes kind of in cycles because we do have high surf season during the winter too but definitely during the summer you get vacationers and then you get a lot of great weather and people in the water. With the seas that it was right now after this southwest swell that came in we’re looking at five or six feet out there with white caps so it wouldn’t been really hard to find them if they didn’t have their radio,” Lt. Matsuoka said.

The owner of the boat was able to retrieve it and bring it back to his residence.

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