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10 people rescued from sinking voyaging canoe in Micronesia

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:30 p.m. HST, Mar 04, 2013

Ten people on a 60-foot traditional sailing canoe were rescued in the Philippine Sea, about 103 miles northeast of Palau after their vessel broke apart and sank.

The Coast Guard said a crewmember contacted officials at the Palau Community College with a distress call at 6:30 a.m. Chamorro Standard Time Monday

The cutter Washington responded to assist in the rescue and the Panamanian-flagged vessel Hyundai Unity, which was in the vicinity of the canoe, diverted to the scene.

The crew of the Hyundai Unity arrived on scene and rescued the crew members, which included students from Palau Community College, two Americans, seven Palauans and a Japanese citizen.

The crew of the Washington safely transfered the canoe crew to the cutter and took them back to Palau.

The Coast Guard credits the canoe crew for filing a detailed float plan and having a full suite of lifesaving equipment, including a satellite phone and personal flotation devices, for the successful rescue.

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copperwire9 wrote:
I'm so very glad they're safe.
on March 4,2013 | 08:58PM
serious wrote:
I thought voyaging was illegal? I can see why the English language is so hard to understand. I live in a no dogs condo--but service dogs are allowed--but dogs service other dogs, and does that allow them in here? And the answer is yes!! Is this a great state or not?
on March 5,2013 | 08:19AM
loquaciousone wrote:
hot dogs
on March 5,2013 | 12:02PM
Hotel wrote:
Eddie would go. The Coast Guard says always stay with the boat.
on March 5,2013 | 12:28AM
loquaciousone wrote:
What if the boat sinks? Are you supposed to go down with it?
on March 5,2013 | 12:03PM
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