Seven people aboard a vessel adrift at sea for six days – amid strong rains and rain squalls near the Mortlock Islands in Chuuk State – were rescued on Saturday.
The four adults and three children were aboard an 18-foot boat.
According to a release from U.S. Coast Guard Sector Guam, all seven were reported in good health despite being adrift for 145 hours.
The crew of a U.S. Navy Poseidon marine patrol aircraft flying out of Japan spotted them 224 miles east-northeast of Satawan Atoll.
The aircrew gave the location of the boat to a Federated States of Micronesia patrol vessel, which picked up the mariners and brought them to Pohnpei.
Boat was on a 16-mile trip between islands
The boat had been heading to Satawan Atoll from Lukunor Atoll – a 16-mile trip. It was first reported missing on Sept. 8 by the FSM police, which called on Coast Guard Sector Guam for assistance.
Two Air Force B-52s, a Coast Guard HC-130 out of Barber’s Point, Hawaii, and the Navy’s P-8 Poseidon joined Caroline Island Air in the aerial search effort.
The Coast Guard’s Guam Joint Rescue Sub-Center (JRSC), three FSM patrol vessels, and the merchant ship African Swan searched at sea.
The Coast Guard’s HC-130 Hercules deployed self-locating marker buoys to determine the movement of the ocean currents in the area and JRSC Guam coordinated the search effort.
The weather throughout the search was challenging. Seven- to 8-foot seas, strong winds, and frequent rain squalls were reported in the area last week.
“This case is a testament to the importance of our strong relationships throughout the Pacific region,” said Lt. Cmdr. Tory Saxon, a JSRC Guam search and rescue mission coordinator.
“Through coordination with our partners in the Federated States of Micronesia, good Samaritans, and our fellow service members from the Navy and Air Force, we were able to a bring this case to a successful conclusion.”