Coast Guard assists crew with boat fire 1,800 miles south of Hawaii

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Forty-two people are safe after abandoning ship approximately 1,800 miles south of Hawaii.

The U.S. Coast Guard received notification from the boat’s company, American Eagle Fishing, at 8:38 a.m. Wednesday of a fire aboard the vessel.

Crewmembers aboard 258-foot U.S.-flagged fishing vessel abandoned ship at 10 a.m. into two life rafts, three work boats and one skiff. No one was hurt.

The U.S. Coast Guard launched a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew from Air Station Barbers Point in Honolulu to assist them.

Upon arrival, the plane dropped equipment to help crewmembers dewater the vessel. Roughly 30 crewmembers remain onboard, cleaning and assessing damage from the fire.

AMVER vessel Fong Seong 888, a Tuvalu-flagged oil tanker, also responded and remains on-scene to provide additional support.

American Eagle’s sister ship, American Victory, is en route and scheduled to arrive in three days to relieve Fong Seong 888.

AMVER, sponsored by the United States Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea.U.S. Coast Guard video courtesy of Air Station Barbers Point.

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