Alaska-based cutter transports Taiwanese crew to Kiribati following rescue 900 miles southwest of Honolulu

U.S. Coast Guard Atlantic Area
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Date: 02.09.2010
Posted: 02.09.2010 21:08
News ID: 45164
Coast Guard Rescues 28 Crew Members of a Taiwanese Fishing Vessel

USCG ALEX HALEY, At Sea - The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley rescued 28-members of the Taiwan-flagged fishing vessel Hou Chun 11, two of which were suffering from significant burns, 900 miles southwest of Honolulu, Feb. 9, after a shipboard fire forced the crew to abandon ship into liferafts in 35 mph winds and 8 to 10 foot seas.<br /> <br /> The crew of the Alex Haley is transporting the crew to Christmas Island, Kiribati, where the two injured crewmen will be medevaced by Coast Guard C-130 to advanced medical facilities in Honolulu Wednesday afternoon and the remaining crewmen will board another fishing vessel to return to Taiwan.<br /> <br /> Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center watchstanders received the call here Monday at 7:30 a.m. about a fire aboard the fishing vessel Hou Chun 11 and launched a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules at 10 a.m. to the vessel's location 900 miles southwest of Honolulu. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, homeported in Kodiak, Alaska, and a U.S. Navy P-3 aircrew also responded to the call.