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Father and son tell of ‘ferocious’ boat fire they were lucky to survive off northern Tasmania

A Tasmanian father and son have told of how they were lucky to escape a “ferocious” fire on board a commercial fishing boat and how their bad luck did not end when they set themselves loose in a life raft. Warwick Treloggen, 44, and his son Noah, 11, were at sea with two deckhands on Monday evening when the Japara caught fire. Mr Treloggen said events unfolded quickly. “It engulfed the boat, it started off in the engine room somewhere and came up into the galley and by the time I tried to sort it out it was too ferocious to do anything,” he said. click here to read the story 07:54

Nearby vessel rescues 6-member crew after boat fire off Burin Peninsula

fire-cape-mariner-michael-clementsOne of the six people onboard a fishing vessel that caught fire Thursday morning off the Burin Peninsula says they’re “all very lucky” and credits a nearby boat for coming to their rescue. Michael Clements said he had been fishing onboard the Cape Mariner and getting ready to haul the boat’s gear back in. “There was an explosion down in the engine room and flames came out and the wheelhouse filled up with smoke and we had to get off the boat,” he told CBC News. Clements said the Southern Mariner was also out fishing about five miles away and responded to the blaze. “We thank them as much as we can, to get there and get us so quickly, ” said Clements. He said there were no injuries, which he credits to the quick rescue, but the Cape Mariner is damaged. Video, more images, read the rest here 10:07

Coast Guard crews rescue 4 people, dog from burning boat

The US Coast Guard rescued four people and a dog from vessel explosion near St. Simons Island Sound. According to the Coast Guard, the fishing vessel caught fire and exploded Thursday around 3:53 a.m. ” The fishing vessel Predator stated it was on fire and was going to abandon ship. The command center in Brunswick contacted station Brunswick crew and launched a 45 foot response boat to the location. When they left the station and got in the channel they saw the fishing vessel explode,” said Petty Officer First Class Luke Clayton. “They were able to hone in on the location immediately. They were able to recover the crew and their dog at about 4:25 a.m.,” said Clayton. EMS crews were on standby, ready to evaluate injuries to the crew members. “We’re concerned about smoke inhalation. But injuries were minor,” said Clayton.  Read the rest here 08:16

Coast Guard fights boat fire in Jonesport, Maine

A Coast Guard boat crew extinguished a boat fire Thursday off the coast of Jonesport, Maine. At about 6:12 a.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a call from the owner, who was on shore, that his 32-foot fishing vessel Bigger Dirls was on fire in Hopkins Point Marina.  Station Jonesport launched a 29-foot response boat crew. They arrived on scene where the vessel was tied to a mooring ball and used their dewatering pump to begin fighting the fire. Jonesport Fire Department also arrived on scene and assisted in dousing the flames. When the fire was extinguished, the boat was towed by a good Samaritan to shore at Hopkins Point Marina. The cause of the boat fire is currently under investigation. Link 14:32

Diesel stove likely cause of boat fire

IMG_8534-500x333A 32-foot commercial fishing boat caught fire early Monday morning (07-25-16) in ANB Harbor. The F/V American Express, a gillnetter, was tied up on the outer side of the transient float. Fire Chief Dave Miller says the department received a 911 call at 1:04 AM. “The boat was totally involved. Everything in flames. We responded to that scene with two of our engines, engine 1 and ladder 2, and about ten of our volunteers responded also,” says Miller. When they arrived, Miller says the boat’s crew and others were already at work putting the fire out with the hoses on the dock.  The American Express is owned by Bret Hanson and home ported in Bellingham, Washington. No one was aboard at the time of the blaze. Miller estimates the damages could total $100,000 or even more. Upon investigation, he believes the fire started as a result of a leaking diesel stove. Read the story here 08:50

Lobsterman rescued from boat fire ‘lost everything,’ still thankful

EP-160629940.jpg&MaxW=650&MaxH=650Hoarse and shaken from jumping into the cold Atlantic to escape his burning boat a day prior, Joshua Ford said Monday he’s “fortunate” to be part of the fishing community and grateful to his rescuers from New Hampshire Fish and Game. Ford also has a survivor’s tale that will likely live on in the history of local fishermen. It began late Sunday morning when Ford, 31, and his 24-year-old deckhand, cousin Curtis Oliver, were returning to port with a boat full of lobster traps. Ford was motoring the F/V GIB, a lobster boat built in Dover three generations ago, that he’d admired since he was 17. “I loved the lines,” he said. “It was a really beautiful boat.” In the “middle of the ocean,” in the boat he bought five years ago, Ford said he heard a “weird noise” and opened the engine box to investigate. Flames “the size of the boat” escaped from the engine area and consumed the entire boat, Ford said. Read the story here 07:02

Late night welding is the suspected cause of New Jersey boat fire

POINT PLEASANT BEACH – A fire that damaged a commercial fishing vessel on Sunday off of Baltimore Avenue and Channel Drive may be the result of welding work, authorities said. The fire broke out on the fishing boat  about 3:30 a.m. Sunday at Laurelton Welding Services on Channel Drive, State Police Sgt. 1st Class Gregory Williams said. “Welding work had been completed earlier in the morning, right after midnight,” Williams said. Read the rest here 22:24

Early morning boat fire in Harbour Grace

Harbour Grace Ocean Enterprises general manager Paul Lannon was startled to receive a phone call that a boat at the wharf was engulfed in flames. The Abigail Grace, an almost 26-metre fishing vessel owned by Quinlan Brothers, had caught on fire earlier in the morning and crews from the Harbour Grace Volunteer Fire Department were on scene. Read the article here  Abigail Grace will fish again, says Robin Quinlan Read the article here  09:33