Kaua’iboater found alive

LIHU’E — The Coast Guard on Friday evening rescued a boater whose 22-foot

pleasure craft failed to return to Kaua’i on Thursday night.

Amos Tamura,

36, was siting atop the overturned Kidaly about 20 miles south of Ni’ihau when

he was spotted by the crew of a C-130 search and rescue aircraft, the Coast

Guard said.

Tamura, the only one aboard the boat, was suffering from

hypothermia. He was hoisted to a Coast Guard helicopter and transported to

Barking Sands.

The Coast Guard said it didn’t know why the boat

overturned.

The Kidaly was reported overdue at 10 p.m. Thursday, two hours

after the boat was due back at Nawiliwili Harbor.

Tamura had left Thursday

morning to fish in an area south of Port Allen.

The Coast Guard began the

search early Friday morning off east and west shores of the island for Tamura

after he failed to return from a fishing trip Thursday night.

Three

helicopter searches Friday failed to turn up any signs of Tamura or the

Kidaly.

When Tamura didn’t return to port by 8 p.m. Thursday, the owner of

the boat, the man’s father, notified the Coast Guard at 10 p.m, Coast Guard

officials reported.

A Coast Guard helicopter from Barber’s Point on O’ahu

began a search for the man at 1:15 a.m. Friday, according to Lt. Greg Fondran.

The aircraft searched around a FAD (fishing aggregate device) located

about five miles from Port Allen Harbor at ‘Ele’ele, where the man was

believed to have gone fishing, Fondran said.

A second search began at

5:40 a.m. Friday, followed by a third search that got under way early Friday

afternoon, Fondran said.

There had been no distress calls from the missing

boat.

AP contributed to this report

Staff writer Lester Chang can

be reached at 245-3618 (ext. 225) or lchang@pulitzer.net

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