Vietnamese worker saved lives as Hawaii fishing boat sank

Vietnamese worker saved lives as Hawaii fishing boat sank
(Image: Coast Guard)

By CALEB JONES
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A 28-year-old fisherman from outside Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, recently saved the lives of two Americans and helped rescue five others after the fishing vessel he was working on sank hundreds of miles northeast of Hawaii's Big Island.

But Khanh Huynh isn't a commercial fishing boat captain. He works 12- to 20-hour days for less than $10,000 a year in one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.

A federal observer aboard the ship said the Vietnamese worker was in charge of the boat from the time it left port to when the vessel sank off Hawaii's Big Island on March 25.

The Coast Guard allows foreign workers to stand watch over the boat when the American captain is either asleep or otherwise unavailable. It is investigating the incident.

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