CRUISE SHIP HEADED FOR KIRIBATI RESCUES CREW OF STRANDED TANKER OFF HAWAI‘I

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By Mike Gordon and Brandon Masuoka

HONOLULU, Hawai‘i (April 2, 2002 – Honolulu Advertiser/PIR)---After drifting at sea and out of radio contact for more than two weeks, 11 crewmembers of a crippled Indonesian refueling tanker were rescued south of the Big Island today by the cruise ship Norwegian Star, U.S. Coast Guard officials said.

The Norwegian Star was enroute to Fanning Island, Kiribati when it sighted the disabled tanker.

One of the crewmembers aboard the Insiko 1907 was severely burned when it caught fire March 13 and, this morning, was airlifted by a Coast Guard helicopter to Kuakini Hospital, Honolulu said Petty Officer David Mosley. The 50-year-old man was suffering from burns on 54 percent of his body.

A 12th crewman died in the fire, Mosley said.

The cruise ship spotted the refueling tanker about 220 miles south of the Big Island and called the Coast Guard about 1:45 a.m. today, Mosley said.

The future disposition of the tanker is unknown at this time, according to the Coast Guard.

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