HONOLULU — An HC-130 Hercules airplane crew out of Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point, Hawaii, assisted with the rescue of 28 people from a burning 150-foot fishing vessel approximately 1,400 miles north of French Frigate Shoals, Saturday.
The Coast Guard Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Honolulu was contacted by Rescue Coordination Center Taipei, Taiwan, stating that they had been contacted by the crew of the Taiwanese fishing vessel Chin Zuei Yin. Chin Zuei Yin’s crew reported a fire aboard their vessel. A Coast Guard HC-130 crew was launched to assist Saturday.
Coast Guard watchstanders were able to contact a nearby vessel, the motor vessel Sun Globe, using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System. The Sun Globe agreed to conduct search patterns in the reported area. Two sister ships of the Chin Zuei Yin also diverted to assist.
The C-130 crew located the crew of the burning vessel at approximately 10:30 p.m., Saturday. The C-130 crew notified Chin Zuei Yin’s sister ships of the new coordinates, who were able to rescue all 28 crewmembers from life rafts.
“With the vast search and rescue area of responsibility encompassed by the Coast Guard’s 14th District, effective communication with our international counterparts is essential for success,” said Coast Guard Lt. j.g. Keyiah Merritt, command duty officer for the Coast Guard’s Rescue Coordination Center. “This evolution has been an example of our ability to save lives through just such a cooperative effort.”
There were no reported injuries and the cause of the fire is unknown. Rescue Coordination Center Taipei is working with the fishing company to determine final disposition of the vessel.
WAILUKU, Maui, Hawai`i– All Maui County departments are reporting no damage due to Saturday’s tsunami event according to Maui County Civil Defense.
Reports of damage from the community are scarce. One Molokai resident posted on the CountyFacebook page that waves pushed a picnic table into the road in Honouliwai and also washed up debris into the yards of residents.
A captain for the Lanai-Maui ferry also reported two buoys in Manele Small Boat Harbor pushed out of position. This information has been passed along to State Land and Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard.
Mayor Alan Arakawa today commended the community, the media and county workers for working together and responding quickly to the threat. However the mayor urged everyone to remain vigilant and to take every threat of disaster seriously.
“We are blessed that once again we have avoided the kind of damage that sometimes follows natural disasters, as we have seen in other countries in the past,” said Mayor Arakawa. ”But that does not mean that we should be complacent.
Now is the time to prepare. Get your emergency kits ready, memorize which areas are tsunami inundation zones, plan whether you need to leave your home or if you can offer shelter to others.
We had less than three hours to prepare for this last tsunami threat and we may have less time if another strikes again. So let us work together and be prepared.”
Maui Fire Department Fire Chief Jeffrey Murray along with State Airports Fire Chief Martinez Jacobs announced the graduation of 22 members of the 29thMaui Fire Department Recruit Class during a graduation ceremony held Friday at the Maui Tropical Plantation.
Eleven members of the recruit class were from the Maui County Fire Department and the other 11 were from the State Airports.
The Maui Fire Department Fire Fighters are:
1. Robert Alexander
2. Kamaui Aiona
3. Michael Kalalau
4. Merrit Kaufman
5. Kanoa Nishiki
6. Tyler Pascual
7. Kai Evermore
8. Bronson Pocock
9. Kaleo Puaa
10. Brandon Sturm
11. Nicholas Tanaka
The State Airport Fire Fighters are:
1. Troy Demello
2. Ryan Dung
3. Evan Garces
4. Kurt Kahui
5. Pater Kaina IV
6. Jean Paul Karlen
7. Kealii Murray
8. Micah Palmerton
9. Tye Perdido
10. Cody Souza
11. Keoni Wong
Awards were passed out to both County and State Fire Fighter recruits. The award winners were:
Academic: Kai Evermore
Skills: Michael Kalalau
Outstanding: Kamaui Aiona
Ho’oulu: Bronson Pocock
Skills: Tye Perdido
Outstanding: Kurt Kahui
Leadership: Evan Garces
WAILUKU,Maui,Hawai`i– On October 24, 2012, Richard Dancil, a resident of Kula,Maui, sought an injunction against Halloween festivities in Lahaina. On October 29, 2012, in a terse order, the court denied Dancil’s motion, clearing the way for the organized Halloween events in Lahaina to proceed. The order was signed by Chief Justice Nakamura and Associate Justices Foley and Ginoza of the Intermediate Court of Appeals.
“I am glad that the court ruled so promptly in our favor,” said Mayor Alan Arakawa. “Now we can all look forward to a safe, well-organized, family-friendly Halloween event in Lahaina.”
One woman is dead and another seriously injured after they were struck by an SUV Sunday night in Kahului.
The accident happened at 6:52 p.m. on Vevau Street, about 100 yards east of Kane Street in Kahului. Maui Police report that a1998 Ford Explorer, traveling eastbound on Vevau Street, struck 21 year-old Devon King and a 19 year-old female while the two women were walking along the dirt shoulder of the road. Both women were transported to Maui Memorial Medical Center. King was pronounced dead at 9:33 Sunday night.
Speed and alcohol are suspected as factors in the crash. The investigation continues with possible charges pending against the 27 year-old man who was driving the SUV. Original reports incorrectly placed the driver’s age at 19.
This is Maui County’s 20th traffic fatality of 2012. There were 16 traffic deaths at this time last year.
The New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market closed Monday as Wall Street prepared for Hurricane Sandy, the first marketwise shutdown since September 2001.
The Wall Street Journal reports officials will decide on Monday when to re-open the markets, but said Duncan Niederauer,CEO of the NYSE’s parent company, NYSE Euronext (NYSE: NYX) told CNBC he finds it “hard to imagine” that the exchange would re-open on Tuesday.
Fourteen Hawaii-based companies are traded on the NYSE, the Nasdaq and the over-the counter-markets, including the parent companies of two of the state’s largest banks, Bank of Hawaii Corp. (NYSE: BOH) and Central Pacific Financial Corp. (NYSE: CPF), as well as the parent companies of Hawaiian Airlines and Hawaiian Telcom, Hawaiian Holdings Inc. (Nasdaq: HA) and Hawaiian Telcom Holdco (Nasdaq: HCOM).
The newspaper reports that if the markets remain closed for a second day on Tuesday that it would be the first time since 1888, when a blizzard hit New York City, that the markets were closed for multiple days. And, MSNBC is now reporting that the market will – in fact – close again Tuesday.
(Report Provided by Pacific Business News)
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