They called themselves “the rescuer in the dark.”
The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three men whose boat sank off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii on July 4 -- amid a separate search for missing fishermen, according to the USCG.
The men -– who were attempting to tow another overturned vessel belonging to three missing fishermen -– made a mayday call Monday night after their 30-foot boat capsized, forcing them to abandon ship.
Shortly after the mayday call was “abruptly cut off,” the Coast Guard received a radio beacon alert and dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to hoist the men to safety. A fourth man was able to swim to shore.
One man was treated for hypothermia, and no other injuries were reported, the USCG said in a statement. The search for the missing fishermen is ongoing.