The 49 meter long fishing vessel Take Maru 55 ran aground off Cocos Island, Guam. The tuna boat was driven ashore as Tropical Storm Halong lashed the area with strong winds and heavy rain. The six crew on board abandoned ship and swam 700 yards to safety. The crew sheltered in the island’s resort until conditions improved enough to allow rescuers to arrive. No reports of injuries. Local authorities arrived and transferred the crew to Guam. The U.S. Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
The fishing vessel Daiki Maru 7 went ashore in Apra Harbor, Guam. The fishing vessel had suffered water ingress and was in danger of sinking when the vessel struck the offshore reef capsizing onto it’s port side. The 10 crewmen on board requested assistance with 2 US Naval helicopter responding. All 10 crewmen were hoisted to safety. No reports of injuries. Divers inspected the hull to ensure fuel vents were closed. A few days later authorities removed hazardous materials including the vessel’s batteries to minimize the environmental impact. No details were reported on a salvage plan to remove the vessel.
The 153 meter long, 21317 dwt bulk freighter Rich Forest became disabled in the Pacific Ocean near Guam. The bulk carrier was en route to China from the Solomon Islands loaded with timber. The vessel was sailing in heavy seas with 4 meter waves and 20 to 30 knot winds when it suffered a leak. The Rich Forest suffered uncontrolled water ingress in the engine room and the vessel’s pumps were unable to keep up with the flooding. The crew requested assistance with two USCG cutters responding, one from Guam and the other near Saipan. Aircraft were dispatched to the scene and four other vessels (AMVER) diverted course to aid in the rescue. The bulk freighter C.S. Sunshine arrived on scene first and the crew of the Rich Forest abandoned ship. All 24 crewmen from the Rich Forest were rescued by the C.S. Sunshine. No reports of injuries.
Last report stated the Rich Forest was still slowing sinking by the stern, but was still afloat. The vessel owner was working on establishing plans for the Rich Forest salvage.
- Crew of sinking 500-foot ship rescued in Pacific (uscgnews.com)