Coast Guard rescues man in life raft


HONOLULU (AP) — A man whose boat sank Tuesday night was rescued in a life raft by the Coast Guard 7 miles south of Diamond Head.

The 41-foot sailing vessel Esperanza struck something, took on water and rapidly sank in 300 feet of water. A woman friend received a text message from the man at 9:05 p.m. and relayed his plea for help.

The Coast Guard’s 45-foot response boat responded. The agency got a signal from the man’s Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon at 9:26 p.m. and received the precise location at 9:50 p.m.

The man’s age and hometown were not released.

He told the Coast Guard he had enough time to send a brief distress call by radio, text his friend and deploy his life raft.

 

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