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Body of fishermen to be repatriated home

The body of a Portugese fisherman who died aboard a US flagged purse seiner last week will be repatriated later this week. Speaking to KHJ News yesterday the purse seiner captain, Alphonso Llawa, said the victim was his 44-year old brother and he was hoping to clear things up so he can take his body back home. click here to read the story 18:07

Questions raised about Coast Guard armed boarding

Pago Pago – Some new information is emerging about the Coast Guard operation in which the purse seiner Jeanette was boarded by armed Coast Guard personnel at the main dock late last week, Bill Sardinha, whose company Sardinha & Cileu Management, provides services for the Jeanette said in an email to KHJ News, the Jeanette came into port on its own, and not ordered to return as we reported. He said a helicopter pilot on board has fallen ill and this required the vessel o return to Am Samoa for medical care Sardinha explained that the Jeanette was required to notify the US Coast in advance 96 hours, less if an emergency or if circumstance warrants exception, an illness qualifies. So the Coast Guard was well aware of its arrival. Sardinha reports that upon entering port on February 23rd, the Jeanette was surprised to find US government agents waiting to board the vessel with guns. He said the agents boarded the vessel, posted guards, isolated the crew and interrogated them for 12 hours. continue reading the story here 21:50