Off duty Coastguardsmen pull man from burning car

MARINA DEL REY, Calif. – Two off duty crew members from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Halibut pulled a man from a burning car in the early morning hours on Friday, December 15, 2007.

Fireman Sean Reisner and Seaman Alberto Castilleja were on their way home from an eleven hour patrol aboard the Cutter when they noticed a car on fire at the Inglewood off-ramp of the 405 Freeway in the City of Hawthorne. As they got closer to the car they noticed there was a man trapped in the car and that the engine compartment and the deck underneath the engine were on fire, recounted Reisner and Castilleja.

The two Coast Guardsmen ran to the burning vehicle and pulled the trapped man through the window of burning car. While Seaman Castilleja carried the man to safety Fireman Reisner put the fire out with a fire extinguisher he got from a trucker who pulled over to check if 911 had been called. The two stayed with man until medical assistance arrived.

The Halibut is an 87-foot patrol boat that is capable of responding to homeland security, search-and-rescue, and marine environmental protection missions and is based in Marina del Rey, California.

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