29 Aug 2014

Probe into boat accident in American Samoa

11:37 am on 29 August 2014

In American Samoa, the US Coast Guard and the police are investigating the death of a man following a boating accident.

Preliminary reports say an alia or outrigger canoe from Aunu'u was overcome by waves as it was coming in to dock in rough seas at the Auasi wharf.

Villagers told KHJ News that a female passenger fell overboard and her brother, the deceased dove into the ocean to help her.

Our correspondent says he drowned but not before saving his sister.