20 Aug 2007

Crew from sunken trawler being taken to American Samoa

11:00 am on 20 August 2007

Arrangements are being made for the crew of a fishing boat, which sank in the open seas

in the mid Pacific ocean, to be brought to American Samoa.

The fishing vessel, Shun Ying 11, sank last week and all 25 crew members were safely rescued by a tanker.

An American Samoan official said the Attorney General's Office needs assurances the crew members would be allowed to return to their home countries.

The crew, who are from China, Taiwan and Indonesia, are unlikely to have saved documents such as passports.