Coast Guard Investigating Boat Fire Near King Cove

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Personnel from Coast Guard Sector Anchorage are working with the owner/operator of the fishing vessel Turmoil to investigate the cause of a boat fire and the subsequent grounding of the vessel near King Cove on Saturday.

No injuries or pollution have been reported. There is a maximum of 1,100 gallons of diesel still on board.

An Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) notified the Coast Guard Command Center in Juneau at 12:08 p.m.  that the vessel was in distress. Further communication with the vessel revealed that they were experiencing a fire and underway near King Cove. The Coast Guard requested assistance from any vessels in the area by issuing an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB).

An HH-65 Dolphin helicopter deployed to the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley was launched from Dutch Harbor to assist. Two Good Samaritan vessels, the 36-foot fishing vessel Mummy’s Mist from King Cove and the King Cove 98-foot hovercraft Suna-X, responded to the UMIB before the helicopter arrived.

The Good Samaritans found the vessel Turmoil burned to the water line and grounded with the three crew on the beach. All three were picked up and delivered safely to King Cove.

The Turmoil is a 47-foot fishing vessel based out of King Cove.

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