A lone boater is safe after he was rescued from a disabled powerboat about 46 miles southwest of Maui, Hawaii, on Saturday.
Late that morning, a friend of the boater told watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu command center that the 19-foot boat was disabled.
The boater had called his friend on a cellphone. An approximate position was determined, using information from the phone call.
An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew and the 378-foot cutter Rush were diverted to search. An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew launched from Air Station Barbers Point and a 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew launched from Station Maui.
The disabled boat was spotted shortly after 7 p.m. when the Hercules aircrew saw the stranded boater wave a flashlight. The airplane crew passed the boat's position to the Dolphin crew, which arrived at 7:26 p.m. and deployed a rescue swimmer. The rescue swimmer and passenger were safely hoisted about 25 minutes later.
At 8:29 p.m., the boater was transferred to waiting emergency medical services workers at Kahului Airport in stable condition. Conditions at the scene were seas of more than 10 feet and 40-mph winds.
The boat remains adrift. The Coast Guard is issuing a broadcast notice to mariners, notifying them of the hazard, according to the Coast Guard.