Good Samaritan Vessel Rescues The Burning Ship’s Crew

2020

Good Samaritan Vessel Rescues The Burning Ship’s Crew

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Accident: Fire onboard
Vessel involved: Glory Pacific No. 8, a fishing vessel
Location: Approximately 2,071 miles southwest of Hawaii, remote part of Pacific
Casualties/Pollution: Nil

The engine room of the fishing vessel caught fire in the remote part of the Pacific.  Immediately, the Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon was activated by the crew members.  All the 36 crew members abandoned the ship in two skiffs and several life rafts.  Following a request from the Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand, the Coast Guard Watchstanders dispatched an aircraft which located the burning vessel and its crew.

The aircrew dropped smoke flare and water to the survivors.  Meanwhile, Lomalo, AMVER participating commercial fishing vessel, was diverted which rescued all the crew members.  There were no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard commented: “Our combined efforts coupled with the willingness of the Lomalo crew to help, led to the successful rescue of these fisherman in a very remote part of the Pacific.  The fact that the Glory Pacific crew had the emergency equipment needed to abandon ship contributed significantly to the successful rescue of the full crew.”

Source: Shipwrecklog