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The one they gave away: Fishermen donate huge tuna to health-care workers

A group of five fishermen caught a 200-pound ahi tuna and donated it to front-line health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
A group of five fishermen caught a 200-pound ahi tuna and donated it to front-line health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Red Sea Ocean Adventures via CBS-affiliate KGMB-TV

This is one gigantic catch of the day for a good cause.

A group of five Hawaii fishermen caught a 220-pound ahi tuna off the coast of Oahu and donated it to health-care workers during the coronavirus pandemic.

After the group, including the owner of a seafood business and the executive producer of a popular Hawaiian TV show, reeled in the huge fish, it went directly to Straub and Queen’s Medical Center, CBS affiliate KGMB-TV reports. That is, once they’d taken a picture with it.

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“Any time you can get fresh fish prepared for you and given to you, my God, what else can we ask for,” Chimaigne Ralston, a registered nurse at Straub, told the station.

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According to KGMB-TV, the group was inspired by 104-year-old Setsuo Todoroki, a local fisherman who always shared his ocean catches with those in need.

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“It was nice to be a part of something greater than yourself, especially at a time when everybody needs to come together,” Tommy Mukaigawa of Monarch Seafoods told the broadcast station.

Red Sea Ocean Adventure, a fishing expedition group, shared the “mission” to its official Facebook page, writing: “We are thankful to all our frontline workers, first responders and essential workers for all their hard work.”

“We know our restaurants, Monarch Seafood, commercial fishermen, they’ve all been hit by this,” said Christy Passion, a nurse at Queen’s Medical Center.

“So for them to take time out of their day, their troubles, it’s so humbling and we’re so grateful.”

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