Boater Rescued After 5 Days Stranded at Sea

He finally got close enough to land to call for help
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 13, 2015 11:34 AM CDT
A Coast Guard boat patrols the coast of Oahu in Hawaii, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The Coast Guard says a man who had been adrift for five days on a storm-damaged catamaran was rescued near the Hawaiian island of Kauai on Sunday. The agency says the man was picked 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. A rep recommends boaters have an emergency radio beacon that can connect to satellites. (Read more Hawaii stories.)

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