HFD uses cell phone light signals to help rescue boats off the coast of Makaha at night. to help

HFD uses cell phone light signals to help rescue boats off the coast of Makaha at night.  to help

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  • Searches were done by air and from shore, and the 35-foot vessel was eventually found about a mile and a half off of the Waianae Boat Harbor. HFD said cell phone lights from people onboard helped rescuers find them. By 9:35 p.m., the boat was in tow back to shore and everyone was rescued without injuries.

  • Under the cover of nightfall, rescuers had to use the geolocation coordinates from the caller’s cellphone because the sailboat lost engine power, rendering the marine radio and navigational lights useless. They also did not have an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon.

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