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U.S. Coast Guard

News Release

September 01, 2012


Contact: U.S. Coast Guard 13th District External Affairs

Office: (206) 220-7237

Photo Release: Coast Guard responds to burning vessel near Bellingham, Wash., Saturday

A rigid hull inflatable boat crew from Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin establishes a security zone around a burning sailing vessel just southeast of Lummi Island, Wash., approximately 15 miles southwest of Bellingham, Wash., September 1, 2012.  The seven people aboard the vessel at the time the blaze broke out jumped overboard and were recovered by a good Samaritan boater.  U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Perez

A rigid hull inflatable boat crew from Coast Guard Cutter Terrapin establishes a security zone around a burning sailing vessel southeast of Lummi Island, Wash., Saturday, September 1, 2012.

The seven people aboard the vessel at the time the blaze broke out jumped overboard and were recovered by a good Samaritan boater.

U.S. Coast Guard photo by Chief Petty Officer John Perez

SEATTLE — The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire approximately 15 miles southwest of Bellingham, Wash., near Lummi Island, Wash., Saturday.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound, located in Seattle, received a report that the 46-foot sailing vessel Straight Up was ablaze just southeast of Lummi Island with seven people on board at approximately 5:15 p.m.

Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound sent Cutter Terrapin, already underway near the San Juan islands, to the scene.

All seven people jumped overboard and were recovered by a good Samaritan boater before Cutter Terrapin arrived.

Cutter Terrapin arrived and launched a rigid hull inflatable vessel crew.

The cutter crew and RHI crew established a security zone around the burning vessel.

The good Samaritan vessel transported the seven people to safety at Anacortes Marina in Anacortes, Wash. No injuries have been reported.

Vessel Assist San Juan has been contracted to salvage the remains of the burned sailing vessel that was reported to contain 25 gallons of diesel fuel.

The official cause of the fire is not known at this time.

For additional information about the Coast Guard's involvement, please contact Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn at (816) 582-1725

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