A Royal New Zealand Air Force P-3K2 Orion on a fisheries patrol about 400 nautical miles west of Tuvalu has located a Chinese fishing vessel damaged by fire.
The Orion dropped communications equipment, fresh water and lighting to the crew of the Jin Xiang 6 because the vessel had no ability to communicate.
Communication was successfully established with the vessel.
Crew reported there were 14 people on the vessel and the fire was under control.
The Orion contacted the distressed vessel’s sister ship Jin Xiang 7 to organise a rendezvous.
After reaching its maximum flying endurance, the Orion has since returned to Nauru.
An RNZAF C-130 Hercules is on standby to support, if required.
Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) was notified about the fire and is gathering information to see what assistance can be provided to Fiji, which will be coordinating further responses, if required.
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