Four fishermen rescued after boat catches fire

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Four men had to be rescued after the boat they were using to transport fish caught fire and sank in Bristol Bay.

The men, all from Washington, managed to escape in an aluminum skiff after the 72-foot tender Excursion caught fire at about noon Thursday. The vessel was near Port Moller on the Alaska Peninsula, about 550-miles southwest of Anchorage, when the fire broke out.

The Coast Guard received a mayday call from the crew, saying they were abandoning ship. A Coast Guard helicopter and cutter were launched.

The four men were hoisted from the skiff by helicopter and were flown to Cold Bay, where they were reported in good condition.

Coast Guard officials said the Excursion sank, leaving an oil sheen. The vessel is owned by Tender Excursion of Poulsbo, Wash.

The four crewmen were identified as Larry Lang, Carson Lang and Decker Lang, all of Poulsbo, and Tyler Swanger of Federal Way, Wash.

The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.



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