Coast Guard

Petty Officer 1st class Jon Emerson assists three men out of a Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter after a search and rescue mission 57 miles from Kodiak, April 21, 2015. The men were rescued off a raft after their fishing vessel Northern Pride sank due to a fire in the engine room. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Diana Honings)

A Coast Guard helicopter crew rescued three people from a life raft after a fire started on board their fishing vessel.

A fire in the engine room of the 82-foot F/V Northern Pride caused the three men aboard to evacuate into a life raft from which they were hoisted into an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Kodiak, said Petty Officer 2nd Class Grant DeVuyst.

No one was injured in the incident.

“They had their immersion suits ready to go, they knew how to deploy their life raft, they sent out a mayday call, which is actually how we found out. The mayday was relayed through a different fishing vessel, the Dancer, and they set off their emergency position indicating radio beacon as well,” DeVuyst said. “They were super prepared, which made it easy for us to do our job to get on scene and conduct the hoist.”

The boat was in Stevenson Entrance, which is between Shuyak Island and the Barren Islands, said DeVuyst.

It was about a 60-mile helicopter flight from the Kodiak Coast Guard base.

At 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, DeVuyst said the boat was still floating and smoking, and the helicopter reported no signs of pollution. The Coast Guard is working with the boat owners to work out a salvage plan, DeVuyst said.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coast Guard vessel database website, the Northern Pride is a wooden boat home ported in Seward and owned by Northern Pride, LLC.

Julie Herrmann is a staff reporter at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Contact her at 486-3227 ext. 627.

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