Good Samaritans come to the aid of at least 14

Posted: Tuesday, July 24, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- Good Samaritans came to the rescue in two unrelated boating accidents in Southeast waters this weekend, plucking at least 14 people from the ocean, the Coast Guard said Monday.

In one mishap, two families were picked up by nearby boats near Street Island, about 10 miles west of Ketchikan, after their 32-foot vessel caught fire and sank.

The nine people, four adults and five children, spent about 14 minutes in the water before being rescued by the Show Girl and the Sheltered Seas, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Roger W. Wetherell. The nine were uninjured.

The rescue boats had been dispatched from the nearby Sportsman's Cove Lodge after the nine had sent a distress call at about 8:46 a.m., the Coast Guard said. It is unclear what caused the fire, 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.

Also on Sunday, five people abandoned a 20-foot boat after it capsized near Gull and Bird islands north of Juneau, the Coast Guard said. There were no reports of injuries.

Two of the people aboard the boat, the Southern Belle, were hauling up a crab pot when a series of waves swamped the vessel.

''We went from being a floating boat to going down in three seconds,'' said Travis Mead, 26.

Also on the boat were Jason Tarver, 26; Karen Brewer, 29; Tyler Womack, 29; and Tarver's mother, Barbara Haase, 66, who was visiting from Arizona.

The five were picked up by a nearby boat responding to an urgent marine broadcast from the Coast Guard requesting help, Wetherell said.

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