Three fishermen are safe Friday following a joint rescue by the Coast Guard and Navy approximately 161 miles southwest of Kona.
The U.S. Coast Guard says 46 year old Jonathan Hoag from Rye, New Hampshire, and 29 year olds Zaenal and Syamsul from Indonesia were hoisted onto a MH-60R helicopter at 2:47 a.m. and flown to the Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu at 4:16 a.m.
The men abandoned ship into a life raft after their 41-foot fishing vessel Vicious Cycle began taking on water, the Coast Guard reports. It is not immediately known what caused the vessel to take on water. The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the sinking.
Watchstanders at the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received an EPIRB alert at 7:53 p.m., Thursday, notifying them of the distress situation. An HC-130 Hercules aircrew located the fishermen in their life raft after “they spotted the crew using a dim flashing light and flares to signal them,” a media release reported.
“These men were located and rescued fairly quickly due to their use of an emergency positioning indicating radio beacon and also having it properly registered,” said Mike Cobb, a duty watchstander at the Coast Guard 14th District. “Because it was properly registered we were able to identify the vessel, get in touch with the owner and confirm right away that they were fishing in that area and that he was unable to get in touch with them.”
The men were treated for mild hypothermia by local emergency medical services personnel and were taken to the Queen’s Medical Center – West Oahu.
“Huge thanks to the Coast Guard and the Navy for our rescue,” said Jonathan Hoag. “Everything was incredibly well organized and we are here now to prove it.”