Hawaiian-based Coast Guard cutter terminates voyage of fishing vessel near St. Paul Island

14th Coast Guard District NewsKODIAK, Alaska – The Coast Guard Cutter Rush terminated the voyage of the 32-foot St. Paul-based commercial fishing vessel Nina Matrona II for a safety violation during a boarding 3 miles northeast of St. Paul Island Wednesday.

A Coast Guard boarding team from the cutter found the vessel master operating without any firefighting equipment. The Coast Guard requires commercial fishing vessels between 26 feet and 40 feet to have two fire extinguishers for use on class B fires.

The Nina Matrona II, a long-liner, was fishing for halibut at the time of the boarding. All commercial fishing vessels are required to have the proper firefighting equipment aboard at all times.

The vessel’s crew was escorted by the Rush to St. Paul Island after the boarding was completed.

In addition to the termination the crew of Rush boarded four other vessels in the vicinity of St. Paul Island Wednesday.

The 378-foot Hamilton Class High Endurance Cutter Rush is based out of Honolulu. The Rush was launched in New Orleans on Nov. 16 1968 and is the fifth Coast Guard cutter to be named after the eighth Secretary of the Treasury, Richard Rush.

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