Fishing vessel runs aground
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.