Boat Catches Fire, Two Rescued


On July 16th, a Coast Guard issued Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) initiated a response that rescued two persons in the water after their recreational vessel caught fire.

At approximately 2:00 p.m. EST, an 18 foot recreational vessel hailed MAY-DAY, announcing that they were on fire in Thunder Bay, two NM offshore of Alpena, MI. Receiving the call, Sector Sault Sainte Marie issued a UMIB and launched Station Alpena’s response boat. Alerted to the emergency, a Good Samaritan responded and transferred the two persons safely to shore where local EMS provided medical assistance.

By the time Station Alpena arrived, the vessel was engulfed in flames. M/V Lady Michigan, a commercial tour vessel in the area alerted by the UMIB was able to extinguish the fire. The recreational vessel ultimately sank. The Coast Guard is now working closely with local authorities, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, and NOAA regarding the vessel disposition. No additional pollution was identified.

“Today’s events were a reminder that UMIBs save lives,” said Captain Anthony Jones, Sector Commander. “The Coast Guard cannot perform its missions alone across the vast maritime environment.  We are grateful for the maritime public and the assistance they provided.”