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Coast Guard rescue fishing vessel crew 545 nm of Hawaii

Coast Guard rescue fishing vessel crew 545 nm of Hawaii
Coast Guard rescue fishing vessel crew 545 nm of Hawaii.
Archive image: Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point aircrews conduct flight formations in the soon to be retired HC-130H Hercules airplane.
The HC-130H model has been assigned to the unit since 1959 and is being replaced by the HC-130J Super Hercules model.
U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Cmdr. Scott Handlin.

HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and good Samaritans aboard two commercial fishing vessels located and rescue the crew of the 52-foot commercial fishing vessel Sea Smile 545 nautical miles southwest of Hawaii, Friday.

The six crewmembers are reportedly in good condition and are making their way to Honolulu aboard the commercial fishing vessel Captain Minh.

“Anytime you get word that a crew is preparing to abandon ship, you immediately become worried about the time required to reach the survivors,” said Cmdr. Marc McDonnell, operations officer for Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point. “In last night’s case, we appreciate the support of the good Samaritans aboard the commercial vessel Ying Rong No 638, who made this rescue possible. Given the remote area, this was a complex case, but our crews train for this exact scenario and we are fortunate to say that the training paid off.”

At 6:46 p.m., Thursday, Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu (JRCC) watchstanders received a report from the owner of the Sea Smile stating the vessel was disabled and taking on water. The crew reported that there was approximately 5-7 feet of water in the engine room and fish holds, rising rapidly, and that they could not use dewatering pumps or systems due to a loss of power.

JRCC Honolulu confirmed that there were enough personal floatation devices for all crewmembers as they prepared to abandon ship aboard a life raft. JRCC instructed the captain to activate the vessel’s emergency position indicating radio (EPIRB), which was successfully gave watchstanders their position.

JRCC launched the crew of an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules and pulled an Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System surface picture, which indicates the relative position of all AMVER-participating ships around a specific geographic point.

Once on scene, HC-130J Super Hercules aircrew deployed two life rafts, two self-locating datum marker buoys, a VHF radio, survival gear and supplies, and a red flare to illuminate the area prior to departing the scene.

At approximately 12:00 a.m., the AMVER vessel Ying Rong arrived on scene and took the crewmembers aboard their vessel and waited for the AMVER vessel Captain Minh for further transport to Honolulu.

AMVER is a worldwide voluntary reporting system sponsored by the United States Coast Guard. It is a computer-based global ship-reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress far at sea.


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