USCG & Navy Launch Rescue in Gale Conditions After Losing Contact With Fishing Vessel NW of Guam

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Guam – U.S. Coast Guard Station Guam has launched a high seas rescue in co-ordination with the U.S. Navy. They’re looking for a Taiwanese vessel believed to be in distress about 80-nautical miles north west of  the island.

The rescue is underway at a time when the National Weather Service on Guam has issued a Gale Warning for the waters around the Mariana Islands. Gusts of over 20 knots and seas in excess of 18 feet have been reported.

READ the NWS Gale Warning HERE 

A release from the USCG states that a 54-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel was making its way to Guam last night [Sunday] in order to seek medical treatment for the “master” of the vessel who was “experiencing medical complications.”

USCG Sector Guam Joint Rescue Coordination Center had been monitoring the YOW HSU MAN for the last two days, but they lost contact with the vessel last night. There are 9 crew members aboard.

“All attempts to regain communications with the vessel have been unsuccessful so far,”  states the USCG release.

The Coast Guard Cutter WASHINGTON and the good Samaritan vessel ARDMORE CENTURION are in route. The Navy has launched one of its Sea Combat Squadron 25 choppers (HSC-25).

READ the release from the USCG below:

U.S. COAST GUARD, NAVY PARTNER TO LOCATE VESSEL IN DISTRESS

APRA HARBOR, Guam — Coast Guard and Navy search and rescue crews are partnering to provide assistance to the crew of a 54-foot Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel YOW HSU MAN, located approximately 80 nautical miles northwest of Guam.

Coast Guard Sector Guam watchstanders have been monitoring the vessel for the last 48 hours after receiving a report that the master was experiencing medical complications.

The last communications with the vessel were late Sunday evening. The condition of the master and the vessel are unknown at this time. There are nine total crewmembers onboard.

A helicopter crew from the USN Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25, (HSC-25) has launched to locate the vessel and assess the situation. Coast Guard Cutter WASHINGTON and the good Samaritan vessel ARDMORE CENTURION, a 540-foot Marshallese tanker are also underway to assist, and are currently experiencing 18-foot seas and winds in excess of 20-knots.

All attempts to hail YOW HSU MAN thus far have been met with silence.   The Coast Guard has enlisted the help of Mandarin and Indonesian speakers to assist in the radio call-outs to the vessel.