Nine rescued after boat burns near Ketchikan

Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Nine people were rescued after fire engulfed their boat off Street Island about 10 miles west of Ketchikan on Sunday, the Coast Guard said.

The nine were picked up by two vessels from the nearby Sportsman's Cove Lodge after being in the water for about 14 minutes, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Roger W. Wetherell. They were uninjured, Wetherell said.

It is unclear what caused the fire that sank the 32-foot boat, Wetherell said. The vessel carried about 150 gallons of diesel fuel.

The group was picked up by the Show Girl and the Sheltered Seas after sending out a distress call at about 8:46 a.m. ADT, the Coast Guard said.

The nine are identified as Dougan Daniels, Dianne Daniels, Dylon Daniels, Dawson Daniels, Brooke Simmons, Roy Blair, Sandy Blair, Carly Blair and Allison Blair. Their ages were not available, the Coast Guard said.

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