The 79 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Paradise caught fire while being salvaged off Waikiki Beach, Oahu, Hawaii. Seven people were on board the grounded fishing vessel attempting to tow the vessel free when fire broke out below deck. Everyone on board the vessel was able to evacuate safely. No reports of injuries.
Reports state authorities attempted to douse the fire, but it remained to burn for several hours. The Pacific Paradise still had some 1500 gallons of diesel fuel on board at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze was not reported.
The 79 foot long fishing vessel Pacific Paradise ran aground off Kaimana Beach, Waikiki, O’ahu, Hawaii. The Coast Guard was alerted that a fishing vessel was stranded just 400 yards off the beach. The Honolulu fire department sent a rescue boat while the Coast Guard responded with a helicopter and 45 foot response boat to the scene.
The response boat rescued 17 crew off the Pacific Paradise and taken ashore. The master and two crew were hoisted to safety by the Dolphin helicopter and flown to Honolulu where they met with authorities. No reports of injuries.
Authorities have dispatched a response team to monitor the Pacific Paradise. A salvage operation to remove all the diesel fuel and oil off the vessel is underway. Reports state the fishing vessel has 8000 gallons of fuel on board. No reports of pollution released. The Coast Guard states attempts to free the Pacific Paradise will be conducted on the next high tide.
Reports state weather was not a factor to the grounding and no distress call was sent by the Pacific Paradise. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
On July 21, the 24 meter long fishing vessel Lady Anna caught fire off Honolulu Harbor, Oahu. The crew was alerted as dense black smoke appeared from the engine room. The blaze was caused by a short circuit with the diesel generator and quickly engulfed the longliner. The eight crew were able to abandon ship to another nearby fishing vessel Saphire III while firefighting vessels arrived on scene. No reports of injuries. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze a short time later. The Lady Anna sustained significant damage, but remained seaworthy and was towed back to port.