APRA HARBOR, Guam-U.S. Coast Guard and Navy search and rescue crews are partnering to provide assistance to the crew of a 54-foot Taiwanese flagged fishing vessel Yow Hsu Man, located approximately 80 nautical miles northwest of Guam.
Coast Guard Sector Guam watchstanders have been monitoring the vessel for the last 48 hours after receiving a report that the master was experiencing medical complications.
The last communications with the vessel were late Sunday evening. The condition of the master and the vessel are unknown at this time. There are nine total crewmembers onboard.
A helicopter crew from the USN Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 has launched to locate the vessel and assess the situation. Coast Guard Cutter Washington and A good Samaritan vessel, Ardmore Centurion, a 540-foot Marshallese tanker, are also underway to assist, and are currently experiencing 18-foot seas and winds in excess of 20-knots.
All attempts to hail Yow Hsu Man thus far have been met with silence. The Coast Guard has enlisted the help of Mandarin and Indonesian speakers to assist in the radio call-outs to the vessel. (USCG)