TAIWANESE FISHERMEN RESCUED OFF GUAM

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AGANA, Guam (April 26, 2001 – Pacific Daily News)---Six Taiwanese fishermen were rescued yesterday morning 460 miles southeast of Guam, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The 66-foot longliner Hung Sun Tsai had been fishing in the Federated States of Micronesia when it began taking on water.

The crew, who tried to keep their boat afloat for more than 24 hours, was initially able to control the flooding with temporary repair. However, nine-foot waves and a main engine failure caused the repair to fail.

The crew asked for assistance through the Taipei Rescue Coordination Center. The Coast Guard Marianas section then coordinated a response.

A U.S. Navy P-3 plane from Kadena, Japan, a Coast Guard C-130 plane from Barbers Point, Hawai‘i, and the motor vessels Leo Leader and Brilliant Corners assisted in the rescue.

The Leo Leader stayed beside the vessel for 19 hours after a rendezvous with the Hung Sun Tsai Tuesday.

The Navy P-3 plane, the C-130, and the Leo Leader all dropped rafts for the crew, but strong winds and high seas drove the rafts away from the longliner.

The Brilliant Corners offered its assistance and rescued the crew.

All crewmembers are in good health, according to the release.

They will be taken to Kawasaki, Japan, on the Brilliant Corners.

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