Coast Guard Responds to Boat Fire
— September 14, 2009
WESTPORT, Wash. – Coast Guard crews responded to a boat fire approximately 40 miles from the coast of Wallapa Bay, Wash., Monday. Coast Guard Group/Air Station Astoria, Wash., received a call at 6:38 a.m. from a crewman aboard the 39-foot charter fishing vessel Titan reporting that the vessel was on fire.
The two crewmembers aboard Titan were able to relay coordinates to a Coast Guard watchstander before abandoning ship into a liferaft. Coast Guard Air Station Astoria launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew and Station Grays Harbor, Wash., launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to assist. The crew aboard the charter vessel Ms. Magoo was in the vicinity and was able to recover the Titan’s crew from the water.
The MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew arrived on scene at 7:36 a.m. The MLB crew met the Ms. Magoo at 8:10 a.m. where the crew from the Titan was transferred to the MLB and are in route to Westport, Wash. The Titan reported having approximately 400 gallons of diesel fuel. There were no reports of injuries.