COCOS ISLAND, Guam—Coast Guard Sector Guam is working with the government of Guam and other federal agencies to conduct a response for a fishing vessel aground on the west side of Cocos Island.
On the morning of July 30, 2014, Coast Guard Sector Guam received a report that the 49-foot, Japanese flagged, fishing vessel Take Maru 55 went aground on the west side of Cocos Island with six crewmembers aboard. The six individuals disembarked the vessel and swam to Cocos Island to seek shelter from the effects of Tropical Storm Halong. The six crewmembers were sheltered at one of the buildings on the Cocos Island Resort. Rescue crews from Sector Guam and Guam Fire and Rescue were not able to launch due to the passing of Tropical Storm Halong.
Yesterday morning, GFR was able to retrieve the six crewmembers from Cocos Island and bring them to Guam’s mainland. There have been no reports of personnel injuries. Sector Guam investigators are currently working to determine the cause of the grounding. Sector Guam is working to coordinate both an aerial and water side assessment of the grounded vessel. Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 25 may conduct the aerial portion, while a Coast Guard small boat will assess from the waterside.
Current weather conditions are hampering assets from being deployed to the scene to conduct the assessment. (USCG)