Coast Guard assists 3 mariners following boat fire near Table Bluff

Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Lifeboat file photo

Coast Guard 47-Foot Motor Lifeboat file photo

MCKINLEYVILLE, Calif. — The Coast Guard aided three fishermen in distress after their 45-foot fishing vessel caught fire and was flooding near Table Bluff, Wednesday morning.

A crew member of the commercial fishing vessel Advance called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Humboldt Bay via cell phone around 8:30 a.m., reporting an engine fire and flooding with three people on board.

The caller said the crew was fighting the fire by dumping buckets of water into the engine compartment.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Humboldt Bay and a MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Sector Humboldt Bay launched to assist. The crew of the Advance was able to extinguish the fire before the boat crew arrived on scene. The Motor Lifeboat crew passed a dewatering pump to the fisherman and instructed them how to dewater the vessel. Once the flooding was under control, the Coast Guard crew towed the Advance to Woodley Island Marina.

There were no reported injuries.

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