Coast Guard helps Univ. of Hawaii research vessel

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HONOLULU (AP) ? A University of Hawaii Marine Center research trip has been canceled after its boat began taking on water 60 miles north of Oahu.

The Coast Guard delivered pumps to the Kilo Moana Friday after the crew reported flooding at 400 gallons an hour because of a baseball-sized hole in the boat.

Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Kurt Fredrickson says the boat’s pumps weren’t working and crew members were preparing life rafts in case they needed to abandon ship.

UH Marine Center Port Operations Manager Ross Barnes says crew members have gotten the flooding under control with pumps from the Coast Guard.

Forty scientists and crew members left on Wednesday for a five-day research trip. The ordeal cut the trip short, and the vessel is heading back to Oahu.