Coast Guard aircrew diverts to conduct second search, rescue in less than 24 hours

HONOLULU —A U.S. Coast Guard aircrew from Air Station Barbers Point diverted an HC-130 Hercules aircraft to assist in a search for two mariners that went missing 925 miles northwest of American Samoa, Monday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center received a report at 11 a.m. Sunday, concerning the distressed crew of the fishing vessel Majestic Blue. The reporting source aboard the sister ship Pacific Breeze claimed that the Majestic Blue sank and they rescued 22 fishermen of the 24-man crew.

No injuries have been reported.

The crewmembers aboard the HC-130 is the same rescue team that took part in a 1,800 nautical mile search Sunday for a mariner who went missing after being separated from his fishing party.

The cause of the Majestic Blue’s sinking is currently under investigation.

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