U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Crews Respond To 100-Foot Tug and Barge Fire

By  //  July 23, 2016

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ALL CREW MEMBERS RESCUED

The tugboat Thomas Dann burns after a fire broke out Friday 8 miles east of Matanzas. A good Samaritan recovered the six crewmembers from a life raft. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Air Station Clearwater. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

The tugboat Thomas Dann burns after a fire broke out Friday 8 miles east of Matanzas.
A good Samaritan recovered the six crewmembers from a life raft. U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy Air Station Clearwater. (U.S. Coast Guard image)

MATANZAS, FLORIDA – U.S. Coast Guard rescue crews are responding to a reported boat fire Friday 8 miles east of Matanzas.

The six persons aboard donned life jackets before abandoning ship into a life raft.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders received a distress call reporting a 100-foot tug and barge was on fire Friday at 5:05 p.m.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew from Station Ponce De Leon and MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Clearwater were launched.

A good Samaritan recovered the crew and is en route to Station Ponce De Leon.

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The Coast Guard boat crew is maintaining a security zone around the vessel until a Jacksonville Fire and Rescue boat arrives on scene.

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