SD Boat Rescues Men in Western Pacific

Posted: May 9, 2013  |  By: Lori Weisberg [UT San Diego]

The Pacific Princess was out in the western Pacific Ocean fishing for skipjack tuna when it made a most unexpected catch.

Instead of pulling more fish from the sea Friday, the crew members brought on board two men who had been adrift in their 14-foot aluminum boat for more than three weeks. The boat’s engine had broken down early in their fishing trip.

The crew of the Pacific Princess, which was built in San Diego in 1978 and has operated out of American Samoa since 1981, was in the middle of a regular fishing trip when it spotted the drifting skiff, said the larger vessel’s captain, Alfred Canepa. He spoke to U-T San Diego by phone Sunday from Honiara, the capital of the Solomon Islands.

The Pacific Princess might have missed the small boat altogether were it not for a flock of birds.

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