Coast Guard coordinates joint rescue of 36 people in Pacific Ocean

130 Barbers PointHONOLULU — The Coast Guard assisted in the coordination and rescue 36 personnel from the Papua New Guinea-flagged 229-foot purse seiner Glory Pacific No. 8, after it caught fire about 2,071 miles south southwest of Hawaii, Saturday.

All 36 survivors were rescued by good Samaritans aboard the AMVER vessel Lomalo, who will rendezvous with the commercial fishing vessel Pacific Journey No.1 who will take the survivors aboard and bring them to the next port of call.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received a request Saturday from Rescue Coordination Center New Zealand staff to assist with resources to effect a rescue after the Glory Pacific No. 8 reportedly caught fire in the Pacific and the full crew successfully abandoned ship into two skiffs.

JRCC Honolulu watchstanders launched an HC-130 Hercules aircrew from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point to make contact and assess the situation. They also dropped water to the survivors.

AMVER, sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, is a unique, computer-based, and voluntary global ship reporting system used worldwide by search and rescue authorities to arrange for assistance to persons in distress at sea, especially in remote areas. With AMVER, rescue coordinators can identify participating ships in the area of distress and divert the best-suited ship or ships to respond.

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