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PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (July 10, 2001 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---Samoa authorities located a fishing vessel in distress with the help of a Polynesian Airlines crew who conducted a search -- after a distress call was picked up in Fiji.

A Polynesian Airlines official told the Samoa News that the crew on a regular commercial flight from Pago Pago to Apia's Fagali‘i Airport was asked to conduct the search that resulted in the location of the alia.

Samoa's Radio 2AP quoted airline chief executive officer Richard Gates as saying that the vessel transmitted an emergency signal and it was picked up by the Fiji Rescue Center.

The vessel's location was then relayed back to Samoa police.

The vessel was spotted about 24 miles north of Faleolo International Airport, on the island of Upolu, and a rescue team was dispatched.

The crew was returned to shore unharmed.

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