On May 20, the crew of Seattle-based, 314-foot F/V ARCTIC STORM contacted the Coast Guard about an uncontrolled fire in their engine room. This happened at about 3:30, approximately 32 miles off Grays Harbor, WA. Four Good Samaritan commercial fishing vessels (NORTHERN VOYAGER, GOLDEN ALASKA, SEA DAWN, and EXCELLENCE) answered the Coast Guard's Urgent Marine Information Broadcast while the Coast Guard deployed two helicopters and three motor lifeboats.
According to reports, the Good Samaritan crews safely took on 78 of the ARCTIC STORM crew, with Coast Guard aid, by evening as the fire was brought under control. Forty-two other crew members remained with the disabled vessel awaiting a tow to Aberdeen, WA, today. The Coast Guard has begun an investigation into the cause of the fire.
Thankfully, no injuries have been reported, and there are no reports any of the 188,000 or so gallons of fuel causing pollution. Apparently, there are about 66,000 pounds of Pacific whiting on board, which ARCTIC STORM had been taking on from smaller fishing vessels for processing.