last reported on the Kodiak-based Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley, the crew
members were receiving service medals for their duty in the Arctic
Ocean. The crew has made news again, but this time for a rescue
mission in the Pacific.
Haley was in Hawaii
for training when the crew received an emergency call.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Francis said that the Taiwanese
fishing vessel "Hou Chun 11, caught on fire Monday morning.
-- (Alex Haley 1 They were about ...middle of nowhere.")
The ship-board fire forced the
28-member crew to abandon ship and board life rafts in 35 mile per hour winds
and eight to ten foot seas. The
first to arrive at the emergency scene was a Coast Guard HC-130 Hercules
aircraft from Barbers Point which arrived at one in the afternoon.
-- (Alex Haley 2 "The air crew ... the cutter arrived.")
The Alex Haley arrived on the scene
early Tuesday morning. Aircrews were able to communicate the exact position of
the life rafts to the Alex Haley.
-- (Alex Haley 3 "The Alex Haley ...around 4
While enroute to Christmas Island,
Coast Guard Corpsmen aboard the cutter are treating the two "HouChun 11" crew members who suffered severe burns. Once they arrive in
the injured will be medavaced to Honolulu.
The cause of the fishing vessel fire remains unknown.
The Alex Haley is expected to
return to Kodiak toward the end of the month. Since December, t he Coast Guard
cutter has been in Honolulu
to complete a "Tailored Ship Training Availability" which measures the crew's
skills and readiness.