Rescued 3 mariners from burning boat near Ward Cove

MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are secured  in the Air Station Sitka Hangar, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan
SITKA, Alaska – Two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopters are secured in the Air Station Sitka Hangar. At a moments notice, air crews work togethor to launch a Jayhawk helicopter within minutes of receiving a mission.
U.S. Coast Guard Photo/ PA3 Walter Shinn (archive).

JUNEAU, Alaska — Three mariners are​ safe after being rescued, Friday, from a burning boat​ approximately two miles​ north of Ketchikan Airport.​ ​

A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan and the crew of Ketchikan Fire Department vessel Harry Newell arrived on scene at​ 4:57 p.m., Friday, and found the three mariners and a member of the Ketchikan Harbor Masters Office had successfully extinguished the flames.

Three mariners are safe after being rescued from a burning boat approximately two miles north of Ketchikan Airport, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan
Three mariners are safe after being rescued from a burning boat approximately two miles north of Ketchikan Airport, Friday, Oct. 4, 2019. A 45-foot Response-Boat Medium crew from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan and the crew of Ketchikan Fire Department vessel Harry Newell arrived on scene at 4:57 p.m. and found the three mariners and a member of the Ketchikan Harbor Masters Office had successfully extinguished the flames. The RB-M crew towed the boat to a dock near Ward Cove, where members of the Ketchikan Fire Department (KFD) continued efforts to fully extinguish the fire. 
U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

The RB-M crew towed the boat to​ a dock near Ward Cove, where members of the Ketchikan Fire Department (KFD) continued to fully extinguish the fire. The​Harry Newell’s crew transported the mariners to shore. No injuries were reported, and all three mariners are reportedly in​ good condition.

At 4:40 p.m., watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Juneau command center received notification from​ a person on shore​ reporting a 40-foot recreational boat, Fjord, was on fire north of the airport​ with people aboard. Watchstanders issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast and directed the launch of the small boat crew from Station Ketchikan​ and an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka.

Three mariners are safe after being rescued from a burning boat approximately two miles north of Ketchikan Airport, Coast Guard Station Ketchikan
U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.

“This was a best-case scenario. Three people are safe tonight because​ of the quick action of the Ketchikan Harbor Masters Office,” said Scott Cichoracki, Sector Juneau command center watchstander. “They​ recognized the fire and took quick action to get on scene and help out. We are grateful to them and the Ketchikan Fire Department for their coordinated efforts to help these mariners during their time of distress.”

Weather on scene was​ 5​ mph winds with​ calm​ seas.

-USCG-

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