Fish­ing ves­sel runs aground

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

HONOLULU — The U.S. Coast Guard res­cued 19 for­eign fish­er­men and their Amer­i­can cap­tain from a 79-foot U.S.-flagged com­mer­cial fish­ing ves­sel that ran aground Tues­day night off the shore of Waikiki.

Of­fi­cials did not re­ceive a dis­tress call from the Honolu­lubased Pa­cific Princess when it ran aground less than 400 yards off­shore, said Coast Guard Chief Petty Of­fi­cer Sara Muir on Wednesday. Eye­wit­nesses on land re­ported the in­ci­dent to the Coast Guard, which re­sponded with the Honolulu Fire Depart­ment by boat, jet skis and he­li­copter. No one was in­jured. All but three of the men aboard the boat were moved to a nearby Coast Guard ves­sel and re­turned to shore. The cap­tain and two crew mem­bers were hoisted from the boat by he­li­copter and flown to the Honolulu air­port, where they were met by po­lice and fed­eral im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cials.

The boat’s for­eign crew is be­ing de­tained by U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion of­fi­cials in Honolulu be­cause they do not have visas to en­ter the United States.

Of­fi­cials will try to sal­vage the ves­sel dur­ing high tides in the com­ing days.

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