USCG, Guam EPA and Other Agencies Will Asses Damage and Determine If Grounded Fishing Vessel Is Salvageable

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Cocos Island, Guam – Coast Guard Sector Guam is working with Government of Guam and other federal agencies to conduct a response for a fishing vessel aground on the west side of Cocos Island.

On the morning of July 30, 2014, Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report that the 49-foot, Japanese flagged, fishing vessel TAKE MARU 55 went aground on the west side of Cocos Island with six crew members aboard.

The six individuals disembarked the vessel and swam to Cocos Island to seek shelter from the effects of Tropical Storm HALONG. The six crewmembers were sheltered at one of the buildings on the Cocos Island Resort. 4 of the crew members are Filipino, 2 are Indonesian.

Rescue crews from Sector Guam and Guam Fire and Rescue (GFR) were not able to launch due to the passing of Tropical Storm HALONG.

Earlier this morning, GFR was able to retrieve the six crewmembers from Cocos Island and bring them to Guam’s’ mainland. There have been no reports of personnel injuries. Sector Guam investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the grounding. Sector Guam is working to coordinate both an aerial and water side assessment of the grounded vessel. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five (HSC-25) may conduct the aerial portion, while a Coast Guard small boat will assess from the waterside.

Current weather conditions are hampering assets from being deployed to the scene to conduct the Sector Guam is in contact with the vessel agent regarding future actions. A unified command will be established to ensure a proper response. Safety of response personnel and the environment are the highest priorities. Involved agencies include Guam Environmental Protection Agency, GFR, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Wildlife and Fisheries, HSC-25, vessel owner and agent, and Coast Guard Sector Guam.

Updates will be provided as information becomes available.