Coast Guard rescues boater adrift for 5 days off Hawaii

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Posted: Oct 12, 2015 2:40 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — The Coast Guard says a man who had been adrift for five days on storm-damaged catamaran was rescued near the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

The agency says the man was picked up Sunday after it received a mayday call late Saturday afternoon. The man reported that a storm destroyed the mast of his 28-foot catamaran five days earlier and that he finally got close enough to land to call for help.

He wasn't hurt but was running low on food and water. A Coast Guard air crew spotted him in the ocean, and a boat towed his vessel to shore.

Chief Petty Officer Jerrod Sneller of Coast Guard Sector Honolulu says it's important for boaters to bring an emergency radio beacon that can connect to satellites.