Rescue underway for mariner in distress in Pacific

Hawaii-Pacific Coast Guard News
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard, and a ship registered with the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System, are responding to a mariner in distress aboard a sailing vessel approximately 443 miles from Christmas Island, the Republic of Kiribati at 6:11 a.m., Monday.

Watchstanders in Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center Honolulu received notification of the distress from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon coming from an unnamed sailing vessel transiting from California.

The owner, a 58-year-old Australian man, reported the vessel’s autopilot failed and he has become too fatigued to continue his transit.

A crew piloting an HC-130 Hercules airplane from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point was launched and established communications with the mariner.

A 600-foot container vessel has been identified and is scheduled to conduct the rescue of the mariner Monday night.

A second Hercules crew is scheduled to launch at 5 p.m. Monday to provide cover during the rescue.

The container vessel is registered with AMVER, a network of ships whose crews volunteer to assist with rescue on the seas, helping to extend the Coast Guard’s reach in remote areas.

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