THE general cargo vessel MV Mito rescued two people in an inflatable rubber boat off the coast of Guam.

The rescue, which occurred on 30 July, took place while the vessel was on a voyage from Port Kembla to Naoshima in Kagawa prefecture in Japan.

The two people in the inflatable boat were in distress because the engine on their boat had failed about 80 nautical miles north of Guam.

The crew of MV Mito rescued the pair immediately after discovering them. The two were in good health and they were handed over to the United States Coast Guard of the coast of Saipan on 31 July.

NYK Bulk & Projects Carriers owns MV Mito, and Hachiuma Steamship Company manages the vessel. MV Mito is flagged in Panama and has a gross tonnage of 9815 tonnes.

Crew of MV Mito rescuing two from a rubber boat; Image: NYK