Yesterday morning, the Coast Guard received a PLB (Personal Locator Beacon) alert registered to one of crew of 49-foot, Kodiak-based WESTERN VENTURE, followed shortly by the EPIRB (Electronic Position Indicating Radio Beacon) alert registered to the vessel.
Early Tuesday morning, a fire broke out in the galley of BRISTOL LEADER, a 167-foot freezer-longliner moored at Pier 91in Seattle. She had been scheduled to leave for the Bering Sea to fish cod, but will now remain in Seattle for repairs for another week.
Around 3:30 a.m. on July 4, a fire broke out on 30-foot, fiberglass hulled F/V PAULINE II while moored at the Alaska General Seafoods cannery dock in Egegik, Alaska. Three brothers, Joe Paul, 50, Paul Paul, 55, and Harberg Paul, the eldest brother, were on board. According to reports, brothers Joe and Paul were rescued by other fishermen who noticed the flames; these two brothers were burned and were taken for medical treatment. Sadly, a body believed to be their elder brother, Harberg, was found after the fire. An investigation as to the cause of this terrible fire began immediately.
Friday evening, after a day of whale watching near the San Juan Islands, VICTORIA CLIPPER III dropped from her usual speed to much, much slower and headed for Shilshole Bay Marina instead of her destination at Pier 69. The captain let everyone know that there had been a small fire, which was under control, and that they were docking at Shilshole to be on the safe side. None of the nearly 160 people on board were injured and, by all reports, the crew handled the situation well. The passengers safely disembarked and were transported to Pier 69 on buses.
Yesterday, just before 3:00 a.m., a fire broke out in the aft mooring area at the third deck level of 915-foot cruise ship GRANDEUR OF THE SEAS. The fire had travelled to the crew lounge on the aft fourth deck by the time it was doused two hours later by on-board firefighting personnel.
Cruise Yacht SAFARI SPIRIT, operated out of Juneau, AK, by American Safari Cruises, had been preparing for the upcoming tourist season at Fishermen's Terminal. She is listed as a 91-foot luxury cruise yacht with a 12-passenger and 6-crew capacity, and was apparently scheduled to sail May 11. SAFARI SPIRIT is now a total loss.
On Saturday, April 21, 70-foot Taiwanese F/V HSIN MAN CHUN caught fire, compelling the ten-person crew to abandon ship. The Coast Guard at Guam received an EPIRB signal from HSIN MAN CHUN at around 4:30 p.m., as well as word from a rescue center in Taipei that HSIN MAN CHUN's sister ship had radioed to them that HSIN MAN CHUN was on fire and that her crew were abandoning ship.
At around 5:30 a.m. on March 30, at the Squalicum Harbor marina in Bellingham, a number of 9-1-1 calls reported a fire. One of the calls was made by Sterling Taylor, who is one of the two missing people who are said to have lived aboard their 42-foot power boat, BREAKWIND, which sunk in the marina fire. The other missing person is her husband, Jim Langei. In her 9-1-1 call, Ms. Taylor apparently expressed that they were trapped on board. By the time firefighters reached the dock, their boat was enveloped in flame.
According to USCG vessel records, T/V PATRICE MCALLISTER is a U.S.-flagged, 105-foot tugboat out of Wilmington, Delaware. According to reports, at around 2:00 a.m. on March 27, she caught fire on Lake Ontario about seven miles south of Prince Edward Point, Canada, with a crew of six. She had been en route through the Great Lakes system to New York from Ohio.
Just before dawn on Monday, February 27, a fire broke out in the COSTA ALLEGRA electric generator room. The fire was extinguished before it could spread or cause any injury, but the ship has been left without electrical power for such necessities as ship propulsion, lights, or air conditioning. Back-up generators will keep communication gear and control room lights running as long as possible.