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Mar 12, 2016 1:23 PM

Rye man rescued off Hawaiian coast after fishing boat sinks

OAHU, Hawaii - A Rye man was rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard on Friday when the fishing boat he captained sank off the coast of Hawaii.

According to Seacoast Online, it is unknown why the boat, captained by Jon Hoag, of Rye, began to take on water Thursday.

The three men on board abandoned ship into a raft.

The Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu received an EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert at 7:53 p.m., Thursday. The men were rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter at 2:47 a.m. Friday and were transported to Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point on Oahu, Hawaii, at 4:16 a.m.

The men were treated for mild hypothermia and taken to Queen's Medical Center - West Oahu.

Kenton Geer, owner of the vessel, said, "Jon Hoag is the very reason that everyone is alive. Jon is a hell of a captain and I think it's fair to say that all of us at the vicious cycle family owe him a giant debt of gratitude.”

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