- The Washington Times - Monday, April 22, 2002

HONOLULU (AP) A fishing crew boarded an abandoned tanker yesterday to rescue a dog adrift on the vessel for 19 days, Humane Society officials said.
Martha Armstrong, vice president of the Humane Society of the United States, said the crew was aboard the Insiko 1907 and planned to bring the 2-year-old dog, Forgea, back to Honolulu.
"They were trying to calm her down," she said. "She's been without company for 19 days, with several flyovers. She's probably really excited."
No further details of the rescue were available immediately.
The crew of a Coast Guard plane dropped their lunches to the tanker Saturday after the dog was seen running around the deck. The crew believed their food drop was successful, Petty Officer David Mosley said.
The Indonesian tanker was disabled in a March 13 fire that killed one crewman and cut off power and communications. Its crew was rescued April 2 by a cruise liner south of Hawaii, but the captain's dog was left aboard.
The Hawaiian Humane Society quickly mounted a $50,000 rescue effort to find Forgea, but the air-and-sea search ended April 7 when the tanker couldn't be found.
A fishing vessel spotted the ship again April 12, and the society contacted another fishing boat in hopes of saving the dog. But the tanker still could not be located.
The Coast Guard also searched for the Insiko to determine if it posed an environmental hazard to Johnston Island, about 825 miles southwest of Honolulu, Petty Officer Mosley said. The C130 crew spotted the vessel 250 miles east of Johnston on Saturday.

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