NYK Group containership rescues sailors


NYK Line-owned containership, the South Islander rescues 27 fishermen from their burning vessel

NYK Group containership rescues sailors
NYK Group containership rescues sailors

April 28, 2011

A NYK Line-owned containership, the
South Islander rescues 27 fishermen from their burning vessel.

With an 18,174 tonnage, the multipurpose containership was sailing from Yokohama to Honiara in the Solomon Islands last week, when it responded a United States Coast Guard request for assistance.

The Daiichi Shoei Maru called for rescue after its engine room caught fire 870 kilometers east of Guam.

Captain Gideon Avengoza of the South Islander rushed 222 kilometers to the scene after intercepting the radio call at about 2.20 pm.

The containership found the abandoned crew in life rafts a safe distance from the burning Daiichi Shoei Maru.

All 27 fishermen were safely transferred to the South Islander at about 10:30 pm.

The rescued fishermen are in good health on board South Islander, which is continuing to Honiara.

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