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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 3:37 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Shipwreck survivors saved off Maui

Advertiser Staff

WAILUKU, Maui — Two men in a life raft were rescued by a passing tugboat today after their 60-foot fishing boat sank about 3 miles off Molokini crater.

The Coast Guard is investigating why the Princess Natasha went down. Few details were released today and the survivors were not identified. Coast Guard petty officer Michael De Nyse said 200 gallons of fuel were aboard the fishing boat, but there were no reports of pollution leaking from the vessel.

Crewmen aboard the 120-foot Ocean Service, a tugboat owned by Sause Brothers, spotted flares fired from the life raft before 6 a.m. The tug and its fuel barge were sailing between Kaho'olawe and Molokini on their way to Hilo.

The tug located the life raft and brought the two men aboard. The survivors were then transferred to a Coast Guard boat and taken to Ma'alaea.