Three fishermen in their 60’s were rescued off a 22-foot fishing vessel that was sinking about six miles of Kealakekua Bay early Monday morning.
The men, all in their 60’s, reportedly used their cell phones to contact the United States Coast Guard and Hawai`i County Fire Department a little before 2 a.m.
A HFD rescue boat out of the Kailua-Kona Fire Station, in collaboration with the Coast Guard, located the men at 3:15 a.m. The men were able to signal and respond to rescue personnel directives to help identify each other in the early morning darkness.
All three men were wearing life jackets and were clinging to the partially sunken boat when found. They were reportedly in the water for about an hour and a half.
HFD reports that the men were evaluated by Medic 12 out of the Keauhou Fire Station and released. None of them were injured.
Lights were attached to the vessel to alert other boats of the navigational hazard.