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USCG, Navy and vessel Linnix crew rescue 3 mariners 307 nm off Kiribati

USCG, Navy and merchant vessel crew rescue 3 mariners in Kiribati
Archive image: A P-8 Poseidon from the “Golden Eagles” of Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 performs a flyby over Nimitz-class nuclear aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).
U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Josiah J. Kunkle.

HONOLULU — USCG, Navy, and the merchant vessel Linnix rescue three overdue mariners in the vicinity of Christmas Island, Kiribati, Friday.​

The crew of the merchant vessel Linnix rescued the mariners, last seen Aug. 6, and transported them back to Christmas Island.​

“Through coordination with our Navy partners, we were able to save members of our Pacific community and bring them home to their families,” said Lt. j.g. Sarah Chen, a Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu command duty officer. “It’s through these partnerships that we are able to increase the success of search and rescue missions.”​

At 3:45 p.m., Sunday, JRCC watchstanders received notification of an overdue 18-foot aluminum skiff with three men onboard en route to fishing grounds off Christmas Island, Kiribati.​

Upon notification, JRCC watchstanders provided a drift pattern to the search and rescue coordinator in Kiribati and deployed an Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew. At 8:46 a.m., Thursday, a Navy P-8 Poseidon aircrew located the missing mariners 307 miles west of their original departure location.​

USCG, Navy and merchant vessel crew rescue 3 mariners in Kiribati
Archive image: An Air Station Barbers Point HC-130 Hercules aircrew search for the crew of the fishing vessel Yong-Yu-Sing No. 18, 550-miles northeast of Midway Island, Jan. 12, 2020.
The crew of the fishing vessel are believed to be onboard a life raft promoting a search that had been ongoing since Dec. 31, 2020.
U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Lt. Scott Handlin.

“We are thankful we were able to assist in this rescue effort and grateful these mariners were returned safely,” said Capt. John Voorhees, the commander of Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 10. “The relationships we build working closely with the Coast Guard and other partners paid great dividends today.”​

The P-8 aircrew dropped a search and rescue kit containing food and water and the HC-130 aircrew dropped a radio, locator beacon, and additional supplies. JRCC watchstanders relayed their location and the crew of the merchant vessel Linnix arrived on scene this afternoon and safely transported the mariners back to Christmas Island.​

*all times and dates are in Hawaii Standard Time.

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