Cocos Island, Guam – A unified command consisting of Guam Environmental Protection Agency, the vessel owner’s representative, and Coast Guard Sector Guam met yesterday, July 31, to begin preliminary discussions regarding the response for the grounded fishing vessel near Cocos Island.
The Captain of the Port Guam Thursday established a 400 yard safety zone around the grounded vessel. This is an exclusion zone and mariners are not authorized within the zone at any time. Mariners, recreational boaters and persons are advised to exercise extreme caution in areas in the vicinity around the safety zone due to the dangers associated with a grounded vessel.
Weather conditions have continued to prevent responders from reaching the vessel’s location in order to conduct an on-site assessment.
[photo courtesy USCG]
The high surf has made conditions unsafe for responders to approach the vessel by small boat. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron Two-Five was able to conduct an over-flight to aid in assessing the situation.
It is likely that responders will not be able to reach the scene until early next week when weather conditions are forecasted to improve.
[photo courtesy of Andy Cruz and Maureen Tainatongo]
The National Weather Service has a high surf advisory in effect and advises that conditions will likely remain hazardous through Monday night. The surf is forecasted to be seven to 10 feet for today and gradually decrease over the next few days.
The six crewmembers had no medical incidents and were safely rescued by Guam Fire and Rescue.