Engine Fire on Tug

Thursday, February 10, 2005
MIAMI - Crews from Station Miami Beach, Station Fort Lauderdale, Air Station Opa Locka, and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet responded this afternoon as the Betty Wood, a 130-foot tug pushing a 500-foot barge with 10 people on board, experienced an engine fire 17 miles east of Haulover Beach.

The initial distress call was received at 11:52 a.m. Currently there are three rescue boats, two helicopters, one Falcon jet, and the Coast Guard Cutter Gannet on scene to assist the vessel's crew and monitor the situation. The fire is reported to be extinguished, although there is still smoke on board.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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