U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Crews Respond To 100-Foot Tug and Barge Fire
By Space Coast Daily // July 23, 2016
ALL CREW MEMBERS RESCUED
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.
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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