Coast Guard c-130 plane
HONOLULU -- The U.S. Coast Guard has sent a C-130 plane to check on a Taiwanese fishing vessel that sent a distress signal from 1,500 miles northwest of Oahu.
Coast Guard spokesman Michael De Nyse said Friday the Ming Hung Yu No. 123 has 11 people on board. The 80-foot-long ship sent a distress signal at 4 a.m. while in 30- to 40-foot seas.
The Coast Guard wasn't able to contact the vessel but spoke to the owner.
The C-130 plane left from Coast Guard Air Station Barbers Point near Honolulu. It will search the scene for about an hour before refueling at Wake Island, some 2,300 miles west of Honolulu.