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HONOLULU — Six fishermen are safe after their vessel began sinking approximately 173 miles north of Oahu Monday.


At 11:15 a.m., a Good Samaritan notified watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Honolulu Command Center that the 66-foot commercial fishing vessel Sea Moon was flooded and dead in the water with crewmembers using buckets to dewater the boat. 

The Good Samaritan did not know the position of the vessel, but was able to pass the owner’s information to the Command Center. The owner provided the vessel's satellite phone number and at 11:27 a.m., Coast Guard watchstanders established communication with the fishing vessel.

The crew reported that the engine room was flooded and that the cause of the flooding was unknown. 

They reported no injuries and that they had life jackets, life rafts, flares and an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon aboard.

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