Five Fishermen Rescued Near Eureka After Their Vessel Caught Fire

Press release from the US Coast Guard:

 

Aircrew members aboard a Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter respond to a fire aboard the commercial fishing vessel Midori near Trinidad, California, April 18, 2018. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Humboldt Bay also launched to assist the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Released)

Aircrew members aboard a Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter respond to a fire aboard the commercial fishing vessel Midori near Trinidad, California, April 18, 2018. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Humboldt Bay also launched to assist the vessel. [Photo and video from U.S. Coast Guard]

The Coast Guard is coordinating fuel removal and salvage operations Thursday for a fishing vessel that caught fire Wednesday near Eureka.Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment Humboldt Bay pollution responders have determined the 47-foot vessel, Midori, is safe to tow to the Eureka Municipal docks, where a reported 1,500 gallons of diesel will be removed before the boat is salvaged.

Fuel removal has not been scheduled.

The case began around 9 a.m. Wednesday, after a crewmember from the distressed fishing vessel, Midori, contacted another fishing vessel, Charlie D, via cell phone to report a fire aboard.

The Charlie D crew contacted Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay watchstanders via VHF channel 16, reporting the Midori was on fire with five crewmembers preparing to abandon ship approximately 10 miles west of Trinidad. Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and dispatched a Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew and a Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew to assist.

Aircrew members aboard a Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter respond to a fire aboard the commercial fishing vessel Midori near Trinidad, California, April 18, 2018. A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Humboldt Bay also launched to assist the vessel. (U.S. Coast Guard video/Released)

The Midori crew donned their survival suits and abandoned ship into a life raft prior to the Coast Guard’s arrival. A good Samaritan fishing vessel, Pacific Bully, rescued all five crew members before the Coast Guard helicopter and boat arrived at the location to find the vessel’s pilothouse engulfed in flames. Shortly after, a passing tug, the Michelle Sloan, diverted from its course and extinguished the fire aboard the Midori.

The captain of the Midori reported that the vessel had a maximum of 1,500 gallons of diesel remaining aboard, and that no serious injuries were sustained by the crew during the incident.

“The quick response of the vessels Pacific Bully, Charlie D and Michelle Sloan, along with the Midori’s readiness with appropriate survival equipment saved the lives of five fishermen yesterday,” said Cmdr. Brendan Hilleary, the chief of response at Sector Humboldt Bay. “Our crews continued the good work this morning by mitigating the threat of pollution the vessel could have caused.”

Before the vessel was towed to port, a helicopter crew from Sector Humboldt Bay conducted an additional overflight Wednesday evening to assess any potential pollution and saw no signs of a spill in the area where the vessel caught fire.

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9 comments

  • Thank you, Coast Guard!

  • Way to go secter humboldt bay you notched another one for your belts semper paratus

  • unbridled philistine

    Can you guys not read? Other fisherman made the rescue.. But yeah go Coast Guard!

  • Thank you Captain Cody Hills and Justin of Tug Coos Bay and Tug Ajax for towing the burning vessel into port. It seems the USCG forgot to mention your valuable assist. Thank you, Zerlang and Zerlang Marine Services for coordinating these efforts!

  • Nothing more scary to a Mariner than a fire there’s nowhere to go but the drink!
    45-55 degree water isn’t to friendly!

  • Kudos to Crews of Pacific Bully & Michelle Sloan. And thanks to crew member on Charlie D who made the distress call. I hope the Midori is well insured bec that would be heartbreaking to lose one’s boat. If it’s a commercial boat, the Crew will lose their jobs.

  • Thanks to everyone involved in the rescue and I’m especially glad the crew were so well prepared. My brother was one of the crew. We were raised in a USCG family, so we really respect their efforts!

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