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Fishing vessel fire out; no injuries

Tue., May 21, 2013

SEATTLE – The Coast Guard said an engine room fire originally reported as uncontrolled aboard a 314-foot fishing vessel off the Washington coast has been extinguished. No injuries were reported among the 120 people aboard the Arctic Storm.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn said a sister ship has reached the Arctic Storm about 30 miles off Grays Harbor, Wash., and plans to pick up some crew members. Other good Samaritan vessels in the area have also evacuated crew members. Littlejohn said the crew will be taken to Westport, Wash.

Plans are under way to tow the disabled vessel to Aberdeen, Wash. Littlejohn said it has 188,000 gallons of diesel on board and 66,000 pounds of fish. There are no reports of pollution.

Littlejohn said crew members used a chemical firefighting system and sealed the engine room.

The Coast Guard said the ship is owned by Arctic Storm Inc. A spokeswoman did not immediately return calls seeking comment.


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