Three men were brought to safety by a good Samaritan after the men’s shrimp boat caught fire just north of the South Galveston Jetty on Friday.
The captain of the shrimp boat Angel Lady called the watchstander at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston at 10:04 a.m., reporting that the shrimp boat Capt. Hunter was on fire with three people aboard.
The Coast Guard Cutter Manta was diverted and a boatcrew from Station Galveston was launched to assist. The station boatcrew arrived in about 10 minutes, but before they arrived on scene, a good Samaritan aboard a pleasure craft rescued the three crewmembers in distress.
The tug Lamar arrived on scene at 11:16 a.m. and extinguished the fire.
“Fire is one of the most dangerous things that can happen to a boat out on the water,” said Lt. Brian Sullivan, the command duty officer of Sector Houston-Galveston. “The fact that a good Samaritan put themselves in such a risky position to save lives is something we in the Coast Guard can definitely relate to.”
The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fire.
In the case of a fire, the Coast Guard renders assistance as available, based on the level of personnel training and the adequacy of equipment. As Coast Guard units do not normally have advanced firefighting capabilities, firefighting operations are limited to those that would save a life or would avert a significant threat.
Click here for a video of the fire.