Coast Guard responds to busy holiday weekend in Hawaii and the Pacific

Coast Guard responds to busy holiday weekend in Hawaii and the Pacific
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard responded to several cases in the Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa and Guam over Presidents Day weekend. The cases range from a passenger-ferry taking on water in American Samoa to vessels in distress in Hawaii and Guam and beachgoers swept out to sea off Maui. The Coast Guard handles around 900 cases annually in the region. “Our crews are always ready to respond to any...

Responders determine cause of flooding on vessel in American Samoa

Responders determine cause of flooding on vessel in American Samoa
HONOLULU — Responders have located and addressed the cause of flooding on the 145-foot passenger-ferry Sili in Pago Pago, Sunday. A salvage dive team located a two-inch diameter hole on the port side of the engineroom and applied a temporary patch. The vessel is no longer taking on water. Any pollution from the incident has been recovered or dissipated. Containment booms will remain in place, and...

Coast Guard, local authorities respond to vessel taking on water in American Samoa

Coast Guard, local authorities respond to vessel taking on water in American Samoa
HONOLULU — The Coast Guard and local authorities are responding to a report of a passenger-ferry taking on water in Pago Pago, American Samoa, Saturday. Members of the Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa are working with local authorities and salvors to address the situation. The vessel is currently moored to the main pier and attended by a tugboat. “This is unexpected and unfortunate”...

Response to fishing vessel fire in American Samoa continues

Response to fishing vessel fire in American Samoa continues
PAGO PAGO, American Samoa — The Coast Guard in American Samoa is continuing to investigate the loss of the commercial fishing vessel Jeanette Friday. “The vessel poses minimal risk to residents and the environment,” said Lt. Al Blaisdell, supervisor, Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment American Samoa. “Due to the depth of water, we understand there will be no salvage attempted. Any fuel remaining...

Coast Guard, partners respond to report of grounded fishing vessel in American Samoa

Coast Guard, partners respond to report of grounded fishing vessel in American Samoa
File photo of an HC-130 from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point PAGO PAGO, American Samoa – The Coast Guard, port partners and local authorities are responding the grounding of the 88-foot commercial fishing vessel Chui Zai Fa No. 1 about 300-yards off Leone Bay, Wednesday. Coast Guard responders are en route to American Samoa from Honolulu expected to arrive Wednesday afternoon via an HC-130...

Coast Guard prepares for severe weather in American Samoa

HONOLULU – Coast Guardsmen at Sector Honolulu and American Samoa are preparing for a severe weather event occurring this weekend in the vicinity of American Samoa, Friday. Indications and models suggest the current tropical depression is expected to form into a tropical cyclone within the next 24 hours.  Weather predictions indicate heavy rain and thunderstorms for the next week. “For their...