Three men were rescued from their capsized vessel approximately 14 miles off Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, on Friday.
Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Honolulu received a distress call at 7:20 p.m., from a man who received a text message from his three friends who said their 23-foot boat had capsized and they needed to be rescued.
Sector Honolulu launched an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point and diverted the Coast Guard Cutter Kiska to respond.
At the same time, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu also received a distress signal from the capsized vessel's emergency position radio beacon that gave an exact position of the capsized vessel.
Rescuers arrived and found one man sitting on the hull of the capsized vessel and the two other men floating in the water. All three men were safely hoisted into the helicopter and transported to back to the air station to be checked by a medical team.
All three men were uninjured.
“It cannot be overstated how important working safety gear is when heading out onto the ocean,” said Lt. Kevin Cooper, Sector Honolulu's public affairs officer.
“The position received from this vessel's emergency position indicating radio beacon was a key factor in getting rescuers to the exact location of these men who were in distress. The (beacon) took the search out of this search and rescue case," he said.
The capsized boat remains adrift and the Coast Guard issued a safety broadcast to alert mariners of the hazard to navigation.