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Coast Guard helps fishing vessel stay afloat

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 06:35 a.m. HST, Feb 11, 2014

The Coast Guard went to the rescue of the 66-foot fishing vessel Sea Moon, which reported that it was taking on water and was dead in the water 173 miles north of Oahu.

The vessel, with a crew of six, reported that its engine room was flooded at 11:15 a.m. Monday. The crew was using buckets to bail water out of the boat.

The Coast Guard dispatched an HC-130 Hercules aircraft with dewatering pumps; aMH-65 Dolphin helicopter and the 87-foot cutter Ahi.

The Sea Moon's sister ship Sapphire also rerouted to the distressed vessel.

The Hercules dropped a dewatering pump to the Sea Moon at 12:51 p.m.

Sea Moon's crew retrieved the dewatering pump and  was able to stop the flooding and restart the engine. The vessel is enroute to Honolulu Harbor and  is expected to arrive Tuesday afternoon.

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HawaiiCheeseBall wrote:
Good work by the USCG.
on February 11,2014 | 07:14AM
Hugo wrote:
Wrong helicopter for Hawaii. No range. Great for coastal patrol. Alaska USCG has long-range helicopters, Hawaii does not. My California Air National Guard unit flew two Jolly Greens 1,900 miles to rescue a seaman because our local Coasties could not fly out 400 miles. Nine in-flight re-fuels. 3,800 miles total distance. Think crossing the Atlantic Ocean to save a life?
on February 11,2014 | 09:16AM
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