9 Nov 2005

Most fishermen stranded in American Samoa to return by weekend

2:17 pm on 9 November 2005

30 out of 34 fishermen stranded in American Samoa are expected to fly to their home countries at the end of the week.

The group, which includes 18 Chinese, 15 Vietnamese and one from Fiji, was left stranded in the territory after the companies which owned the two fishing boats they crewed, went bankrupt.

They're appealing to the territory's member of the US Congress, Faleomavaega Eni Hunkin, to sort out the situation.

Our correspondent, Monica Miller, says Faleomavaega is helping.

"He's basically trying to get the owners of these vessels, or at least the agents here, to get the payments due to these fishermen, and return them to their countries."

Monica Miller says four of the group do not want to return home yet because they are concerned that if they leave, they will not get money owed to them.