Coast Guard responds to Anclote Key boat fire

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire, northwest of Anclote Key, Fla., Friday.

Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg watchstanders received notification of a fire on a fishing vessel with two people aboard at 12:23 p.m., Friday.

Joshua Sanchez of Tarpon Springs made a radio distress call, reporting his boat, the 46-foot fishing vessel Miss Dolores, on fire approximately four miles northwest of Anclote Key. A Coast Guard Station Sand Key 25-foot Response Boat Small crew was immediately launched.

The boatcrew arrived on scene at 12:49 p.m., to find the vessel engulfed in flames, and both passengers safely aboard a Good Samaritan vessel who had been in the vicinity.

The boatcrew established a 500 yard safety zone around the vessel. The vessel has capsized and is in danger of sinking. A Hazard to Navigation Broadcast has been issued.

No injuries have been reported

Photos of the boat fire can be seen in the “Rescues September 2010” photo album at the Coast Guard News Facebook page.

Related Posts

Comments are closed.