About 0710 local time on February 10, 2016, a fire broke out near several oxygen and acetylene cylinders stored below decks on the uninspected commercial fishing vessel American Eagle while it was transiting in the South Pacific Ocean. Crewmembers attempted to fight the fire but were unable to extinguish it. During the firefighting efforts, the vessel began to list. The crew abandoned the American Eagle into its skiffs and liferafts, leaving the vessel adrift without electrical power. Several hours later, after the fire had significantly diminished, a few crewmembers re-boarded the vessel, extinguished the remnants of the fire, and corrected the list using self-powered pumps dropped from a US Coast Guard aircraft. The following day they restarted the vessel’s main engines and generators and transited to Pago Pago, American Samoa. Damage was estimated between $500,000 and $1 million. There were no injuries or environmental damage reported.