Guam – Two helicopters from the Navy’s HSC-25 detachment rescued 10 fisherman who abandoned their vessel after it ran aground at the mouth of Apra Harbor Thursday afternoon.
USCG Lt. William White tells PNC News that the Daiki Maru #7 ran aground at about 5:30pm Thursday afternoon.
A Navy harbor patrol boat and a USCG rescue boat from Apra Harbor Station tried to reach the vesel after the grounding but could not approach because the water was too shallow.
The HSC-25 helicopters were called in and hoisted the fishermen from the water and took them to Naval Hospital. Lt. White said one man was suffering from lacerations, but otherwise there were no apparent serious injuries to the men.
The Daiki Maru #7 was still stranded on the reef as of Friday morning.
The USCG is investigating the incident.
READ the release from Joint Region Marianas below:
HSC-25 Rescues 10 Fishermen from Sinking Vessel
APRA HARBOR, Guam (Feb. 14, 2014) – Sailors from Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 25 conducted a search and rescue (SAR) operation and rescued 10 fishermen from a sinking commercial fishing vessel that ran aground in Apra Harbor near Spanish Steps Feb. 13 at approximately 6 p.m.
“Through the efforts of HSC-25 and the U.S. Coast Guard, we were able to successfully meet our first priority, which was to rescue the crewmembers,” said Capt. Mike Ward, commanding officer of Naval Base Guam. “Now we are focusing our attention on environmental assessment and vessel salvage efforts and we will be partnering with U.S. Coast Guard, Guam EPA, NOAA and the responsible party.”
HSC-25 received a request for support from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam at approximately 5:30 p.m. and two Navy MH-60S Seahawk helicopters were diverted from a training operation. The fishermen were rescued from the waters just inside the mouth of Apra Harbor. They were transported to Naval Hospital Guam for evaluation and later released.
The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard monitored the vessel throughout the night to ensure the safety of all vessels transiting through the mouth of the harbor.
HSC-25 is the Navy’s only forward-deployed MH-60S expeditionary squadron that maintains a 24-hour search and rescue and medical evacuation alert posture, directly supporting the U.S. Coast Guard and Joint Region Marianas.