25 Oct 2015

NZ rescue team locates stranded fishing vessel

9:09 pm on 25 October 2015

An operation by New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre has resulted in the rescue of 36 crew from a fishing boat stranded in the Pacific Ocean.

The Papua New Guinean vessel, Glory Pacific No. 8, activated its emergency beacon when its engine caught fire 340-kilometres northeast of Tokelau.

The rescue centre's mission coordinator Mike Roberts said they established the ship's location this evening and called in a United States Hercules aircraft to assist.

Another fishing vessel was then diverted to rescue the crew.

Mr Roberts said the ship's owners were now making salvage arrangements.