Tokelau rescue coordinated by NZ

  • 26/10/2015

New Zealand has coordinated the rescue of 36 fishermen from a ship which caught fire north of Tokelau.

Crew aboard the Papua New Guinea-registered Glory Pacific No8 activated their emergency beacon after a fire in the engine room disabled the one-year-old ship last night.

It was 340km northeast of Tokelau, just inside the New Zealand search and rescue zone, Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand search and rescue mission coordinator Mike Roberts says.

United States Coastguard Honolulu sent a C130 Hercules aircraft to investigate because the location was so far north and it could get there before the Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft, he said.

RCCNZ found a fishing vessel, Lomalo, at the Marshall Islands, 160km away, and directed it to Glory Pacific No8.

The crew have been rescued and the ship's owners are making salvage arrangements, Mr Roberts said.