New Zealand helps rescue 36 fishermen from stricken ship

New Zealand's Rescue Coordination Centre has tonight coordinated the rescue of 36 crew from a Papua New Guinean fishing ship stranded in the Pacific Ocean.

The one-year-old Papua New Guinea registered Glory Pacific No.8 activated its emergency beacon after an engine room fire disabled the ship, said Search and Rescue Mission Coordinator Mike Roberts.

The ship was 210 miles north-north-east of Tokelau, just inside the New Zealand search and rescue region. 

An offer was made by the United States Coastguard Honolulu to send a C130 Hercules aircraft to investigate.  

Because the location was so far north, the United States aircraft could get to the scene before RNZAF aircraft could from New Zealand.

Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand located another fishing vessel, the Marshall Islands registered Lomalo, about 100 miles from Glory Pacific No.8 and directed it to stricken ship's location.

All 36 crew from the Glory Pacific have now been rescued and its owners are making salvage arrangements, Mr Roberts said.