Three Rescued after pleasure craft catches fire

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The boat fire on the Alaskan Rose was captured by Don and Dave Myles after hauling the passengers onto their craft. Photo courtesy of Holly Myles.

Heidi Zemach for SCN-

Three people were rescued by three vessels of Good Samaritans at around 4:50 Tuesday, July 24th when their pleasure craft Alaska Rose caught fire, burned and sank in the Cheval Narrows, near Cheval Island, Resurrection Bay.

“We received a Mayday call over Channel 16, saying a boat was on fire. Quite a few good Samaritans were in the area and responded immediately. They pulled the three people out (to safety) before there were any injuries,” said Petty Officer Evan Swinghamer, with Coast Guard Sector Anchorage. The vessel burned all the way down to the water line and sank completely, he said. Two of the vessels returned the three people to Seward, while another stood watch by the sinking boat for a time.



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One of the three, a female,  went overboard in the event and it was reported over the radio that she was exposed for about two and a half minutes before she was pulled from the water. None of the boaters had any injuries from the incident. One of the responding vessels was called “Mistress.” The others are unknown.

The fire generated a good deal of dark smoke and could be directly spotted by many other vessels traversing the waters of Kenai Fjords National Park. Hearing about the fire, the Major Marine Tour Boat Glacier Express, which was also in the vicinity whale watching changed course and sped in its direction to assist, until learning that things had already been taken care of.

No information yet on where the Alaska Rose was home-ported.

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