NEW PHOTOS: Boat with fire on board draws responders off Point Wilson

Posted 7/28/15

UPDATED 4:45 p.m. July 28

A family of six averted potential disaster after a fire broke out on their motor boat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca Monday afternoon.

At about 4:20 p.m. July 27, …

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NEW PHOTOS: Boat with fire on board draws responders off Point Wilson

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UPDATED 4:45 p.m. July 28

A family of six averted potential disaster after a fire broke out on their motor boat in the Strait of Juan de Fuca Monday afternoon.

At about 4:20 p.m. July 27, watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Puget Sound in Seattle received a distress call from the master of the 32-foot pleasure craft Kloshie Bay stating there was a fire aboard their vessel. The master was simultaneously attempting to fight the fire and operate the vessel.

The watchstander issued an urgent marine information broadcast and diverted the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Sea Fox who was under way nearby.

East Jefferson Fire Rescue (EJFR) was paged for a water rescue at 4:33 p.m. EJFR Marine 16 Guardian responded with a crew of four firefighters and Brian Tracer, assistant chief.

Both response vessels met up with the trawler, Kloshie Bay, about one mile offshore of Fort Worden State Park, where the wooden boat had come to a stop, according to Bill Beezley, EJFR public information officer.

The crew of the Sea Fox, an 87-foot patrol boat home-ported in Bangor, removed the four children from the Kloshie Bay and transferred them to the crew of fire boat Guardian.

Two firefighters from Guardian boarded and began breaking through bulwarks below deck to reach the fire. They then used extinguishers to stop the fire, which was declared out at 5:19 p.m.

Vessel Assist boat Gabriel had been summoned to the scene and took Kloshie Bay under tow to the Port of Port Townsend, with Guardian and the four children following.

There was no reported fuel spill associated with the incident. Weather on scene at the time of the incident was reported as 4 mph winds and 2-foot seas.

On Tuesday morning, July 28, that boat was moored at the Port Townsend Boat Haven with no apparent exterior damage.

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