Coast Guard responds to shrimp boat fire

HOUSTON – The Coast Guard responded to a fire onboard a fishing vessel 10-miles off the coast of Galveston, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston operation center received a call from the lift boat A.J. Burios at approximately 9 a.m. reporting a fire onboard the shrimp boat Master Ryan. The burning vessel had a crew of three people. The Coast Guard dispatched a MH-65 Dolphin rescue helicopter, a 47-foot motor life boat and the Coast Guard Cutter Manowar to assist.

Shortly after the initial report, a civilian helicopter in the area delivered a life raft to the crew of the Master Ryan. The crew deployed the life raft and abandoned ship. The three men were later rescued by a good samaritan vessel, transferred to the Coast Guard motor life boat and transported to Coast Guard Station Galveston. The crew was reported to be in good condition.

The A.J. Burios remained on scene to control the blaze until the Manowar arrived to combat the fire.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time

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