A Coast Guard chief warrant officer from Rockland participated last week in the rescue of a 28-member crew from a ship that caught fire 900 miles southwest of Honolulu, Hawaii.

Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Leaming serves aboard the 283-foot Coast Guard cutter Alex Haley that is based in Kodiak, Alaska.

Leaming is from Rockland. He was promoted to chief warrant officer in June 2008 at a ceremony held at the American Legion Hall in Rockland. He has served two tours in Rockland, one aboard the cutter White Lupine and one at station Rockland.

The fishing vessel Hou Chun, a Taiwan-flagged ship, caught fire 900 miles south of Honolulu on Feb. 9, forcing the 28-member crew to abandon ship into life rafts. Winds were at 35 mph with seas of 8 to 10 feet. Two of the fishing vessel’s crew members suffered significant burns, according to the Coast Guard.

The Alex Haley was in Honolulu on a training mission when the call was received.

The crew of the Alex Haley took the rescued fishermen to Christmas Island, Kiribati, where the two injured men were flown by a Coast Guard C-130 to advanced medical facilities in Honolulu on the afternoon of Feb. 10. The remaining crew of the Hou Chun boarded another fishing vessel to return to Taiwan.

TheĀ 283-foot cutter is scheduled to return to Kodiak sometime in February.

Leaming joined the Coast Guard in 1989.