Pleasure Craft Aflame on St. Marys River

MarineLink.com
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A 17-foot pleasure craft is fully engulfed in flames near Sugar Island on the St. Marys River, Aug. 29, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Kerr, executive petty officer of Station Sault Ste. Marie.

The Coast Guard rescued two people from a burning boat on the St. Marys River in the vicinity of Sugar Island, Mich., Thursday morning.

At approximately 9:10 a.m., a communications watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., overheard a distress call via VHF-FM channel 16 reporting that a 17-foot pleasure craft was fully engulfed in flames near Sugar Island on the St. Marys River. The distress call was made by a good Samaritan in the area at the time of the fire.

Two boatcrews aboard 25-foot Respone Boats-Small, from Coast Guard Station Sault Ste. Marie, responded and were on scene within minutes of the initial distress call. One of the RB-S crews retrieved the two boaters before they had to enter the water.

"The good Samaritan who quickly notified the Coast Guard via VHF-FM channel 16 allowed us to  to respond rapidly before the already dangerous situation escalated to people in the water," said Cmdr. Richard Kavanaugh, chief of response at Sector Sault Ste. Marie. "I'm proud of our Coast Guard crews who arrived on scene within minutes of the initial distress call preventing a bad situation from getting worse."

A Customs and Border Protection boatcrew also responded to the fire, as well as a fire boat from the Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada Fire Department. The fire boatcrew extinguished the fire while the two RB-S crews and CBP boat maintained a safety zone around the burning vessel.

"This case demonstrates the strength of the Coast Guard's partnerships with CBP and the Sault Sainte Marie, Ontario, Canada Fire Department. Both agencies flawlessly coordinated their response efforts with the Coast Guard and proved to be invaluable assets in this joint rescue effort," said Kavanaugh.

After the fire was extinguished, the Coast Guard removed the boat from the navigable waterway. The owner of the boat is making arrangements with a commercial salvage company to remove the boat from the water.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time and there were no injuries or pollution reported.

uscgnews.com
 

Maritime Reporter September 2013 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

News

Fortum Buys Stake in Wave Power Startup

Finland's top utility, state-controlled Fortum, on Monday said it has acquired a 14 percent stake in Finnish wave energy developer Wello. Wello has developed

Gazprom Neft Starts Oil Production, Shipments from Iraqi Badra Field

Russia's Gazprom Neft said on Monday it started commercial production and shipments of oil produced at its Iraqi Badra oil field. Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of state gas company Gazprom ,

Statoil Says Normal Operations at In Amenas Gas Plant Resuming

Normal operations are resuming at the In Amenas gas plant in Algeria 18 months after a raid by Islamist militants killed forty employees, one of the plant's operators, Statoil, said on Monday.

Coast Guard

USCG Medevacs Mariner in Port Alexander, Alaska

The Coast Guard medevaced an 87-year-old female reportedly suffering from complications associated with a lower back injury aboard the fishing vessel Annie B in Port Alexander, Sunday evening.

USCG Responds to Plane Crash 51 mi SE Of Chincoteague Island, VA

The Coast Guard is responding to a plane crash Saturday approximately 51 miles southeast of Chincoteague Island.   Watchstanders at the Coast Guard 5th District

USCG Repatriates 86 Migrants

Coast Guard crews aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Charles David Jr. and the Coast Guard Cutter Valiant repatriated 86 migrants illegally migrating from Cuba and Haiti.

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Contracts Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Offshore Oil Pod Propulsion Port Authority Ship Electronics Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | terms and conditions | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.1928 sec (5 req/sec)