All five aboard burning fishing vessel rescued off Newfoundland and Labrador

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All five people aboard a fishing vessel that caught fire were rescued today from a lifeboat northeast of St. John's, N.L.
The mayday went out about 9:15 a.m. local time to the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue Operations Centre in St. John's.
A fast-rescue craft from a nearby supply ship and another fishing vessel were first on the scene about 25 kilometres offshore.
Everyone aboard the fully engulfed fishing boat, called the Marine Clipper II, made it on to the lifeboat.
All five of those rescued were taken aboard the supply ship Burin Sea, which headed for St. John's.
Coast Guard spokeswoman Lisa Lawlor said no injuries were reported.

Organizations: Canadian Coast Guard

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

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  • Barry
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Jimmy Mac for you to think that this was an act of convenience makes me think that you were never out on that water before

  • harvey
    July 02, 2010 - 13:27

    I agree Jimmy Mac. It's not like those boats are dry tinder. They are in a high humidity environment and being constantly soaked. Many are not wooden. I would have thought a fishing boat would be the last place to have a fire. You also have to realize they have fire suppression equipment on board as well. It boggles the mind to accept that these fires are a natural occurrence. Any old timer fisher people out there who can say they their old-school wooden fishing boats, back in the day with no fire suppression equipment on board, always caught as often as these modern day ones ?

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    I don't think you should bring emotions into the comment I made above. I truly don't believe any true captain would purposely put the lives of his crew in jeopardy but the facts still remain the fires aboard these boats is far too frequent to chalk up to accidents. The insurance industry knows this. At the end of the day, they are only shooting themselves in the foot as the premiums will be out of reach fore the honest fisherman to actually afford coverage.

  • SOX
    July 02, 2010 - 13:24

    While I am not assuming anything in this particular case, Barry and Double Beef seem to be a little nieve. Given the state of the fishery and the fishermans desire to provide for their families, I'm sure it has crossed the minds of many fisherman to let their vessels go up in flames and to collect the insurance money. It also happens to be flat-calm out there today with little wind, so chances of rescue would have been very good ;)

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    I am happy to hear that this ended well. However I do have to question the frequency of fires aboard fishing boats in general. I would assume the insurance industry is vigilant in investigating these fires as I suspect some if not most are acts of convenience.

  • kevin
    July 02, 2010 - 13:11

    years ago you would never hear tell of so many ''fishing boat fires'', mabey a couple of fires within a 10 to 20 year span , strange now there's a boat burning every few month's .....what's the problem is there a law that say's no fire extinguiers allowed on fishing boat's and how come when these fires start you don't hear the any of the fishermen say that they tryed to put the fire out when it was just a small fire, i guess the excuse for that is .....OH the fire was too big..... and fishing boats are not allowed smoke/fire dectors to aleart the fisherman so that they could put the fire out when it was a ''small fire'' before it got out of control.....

  • DOUBLE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:10

    HEY SOX. I THINK THAT YOU ARE NIEVE. YOU SAY THAT IT WAS FLAT CALM OUT THERE TODAY. LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR VIEW OF QUIDI VIDI LAKE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE WEATHER OF THE GREAT ATLANTIC. FOR THE COMMENT ABOUT CHANCES OF RESCUE ARE VERY GOOD GIVEN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS YOU ARE IN A LIFE RAFT, THE DEFINATION OF A LIFERAFT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS 60-70 FEET LONG. ALSO FORGET THE FACT THAT IT IS FLAT CALM THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE TEMP OF THE WATER, THIS CONDITION = HYPOTHERMIA. AS A MATTER OF FACT I HAVE A RELATIVE THAT WAS ONBOARD AND YOUR COMMENTS ARE NOT APPRECIATED. YOU MUST NOT HAVE SPENT MUCH TIME AROUND THE FISHERY OR ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. YOU SHOULD THINK BEFORE YOU SEPAK.

  • Fisherman's Wife
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    All comments aside, I want to take a moment to just be grateful.....grateful these men made it home to their families. That is something worth commenting about.

  • DOUBLE
    July 02, 2010 - 13:08

    MR. MAC. I THINK THAT YOUR COMMENTS ARE UNCALLED FOR. FOR A FISHERMAN TO TAKE THE LIVES OF HIS CREW MEMBERS IN HIS HANDS FOR A ACT OF CONVENIENCE IS NOT EVEN AN OPTION. THESE PEOPLE GO TO SEA TO MAKE A LIVING WITH HOPES OF RETURNING TO THEIR LOVED ONES ONSHORE. BUT FOR YOU AND ANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT THINKS THAT THESE ACCIDENTS ARE DONE INTENTIONALLY ARE IGNORANT. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LIVES. COME ON MAN, THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING AS I AM SURE THAT YOU DO EVERYDAY AS WELL. BUT FOR THE FIRST THING THAT ENTERS YOUR MIND IS THAT THESE ACCIDENTS ARE INTENTIONAL THIS IS A TRUE SIGN OF EDUCATION.
    SMARTEN UP PAL.....

  • Barry
    July 01, 2010 - 20:19

    Jimmy Mac for you to think that this was an act of convenience makes me think that you were never out on that water before

  • harvey
    July 01, 2010 - 20:14

    I agree Jimmy Mac. It's not like those boats are dry tinder. They are in a high humidity environment and being constantly soaked. Many are not wooden. I would have thought a fishing boat would be the last place to have a fire. You also have to realize they have fire suppression equipment on board as well. It boggles the mind to accept that these fires are a natural occurrence. Any old timer fisher people out there who can say they their old-school wooden fishing boats, back in the day with no fire suppression equipment on board, always caught as often as these modern day ones ?

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 01, 2010 - 20:10

    I don't think you should bring emotions into the comment I made above. I truly don't believe any true captain would purposely put the lives of his crew in jeopardy but the facts still remain the fires aboard these boats is far too frequent to chalk up to accidents. The insurance industry knows this. At the end of the day, they are only shooting themselves in the foot as the premiums will be out of reach fore the honest fisherman to actually afford coverage.

  • SOX
    July 01, 2010 - 20:09

    While I am not assuming anything in this particular case, Barry and Double Beef seem to be a little nieve. Given the state of the fishery and the fishermans desire to provide for their families, I'm sure it has crossed the minds of many fisherman to let their vessels go up in flames and to collect the insurance money. It also happens to be flat-calm out there today with little wind, so chances of rescue would have been very good ;)

  • Jimmy Mac
    July 01, 2010 - 19:58

    I am happy to hear that this ended well. However I do have to question the frequency of fires aboard fishing boats in general. I would assume the insurance industry is vigilant in investigating these fires as I suspect some if not most are acts of convenience.

  • kevin
    July 01, 2010 - 19:48

    years ago you would never hear tell of so many ''fishing boat fires'', mabey a couple of fires within a 10 to 20 year span , strange now there's a boat burning every few month's .....what's the problem is there a law that say's no fire extinguiers allowed on fishing boat's and how come when these fires start you don't hear the any of the fishermen say that they tryed to put the fire out when it was just a small fire, i guess the excuse for that is .....OH the fire was too big..... and fishing boats are not allowed smoke/fire dectors to aleart the fisherman so that they could put the fire out when it was a ''small fire'' before it got out of control.....

  • DOUBLE
    July 01, 2010 - 19:46

    HEY SOX. I THINK THAT YOU ARE NIEVE. YOU SAY THAT IT WAS FLAT CALM OUT THERE TODAY. LET ME ASSURE YOU THAT YOUR VIEW OF QUIDI VIDI LAKE DOES NOT REPRESENT THE WEATHER OF THE GREAT ATLANTIC. FOR THE COMMENT ABOUT CHANCES OF RESCUE ARE VERY GOOD GIVEN THE WEATHER CONDITIONS YOU ARE IN A LIFE RAFT, THE DEFINATION OF A LIFERAFT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT IS 60-70 FEET LONG. ALSO FORGET THE FACT THAT IT IS FLAT CALM THAT DOES NOT HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH THE TEMP OF THE WATER, THIS CONDITION = HYPOTHERMIA. AS A MATTER OF FACT I HAVE A RELATIVE THAT WAS ONBOARD AND YOUR COMMENTS ARE NOT APPRECIATED. YOU MUST NOT HAVE SPENT MUCH TIME AROUND THE FISHERY OR ANY OF YOUR FAMILY MEMBERS. YOU SHOULD THINK BEFORE YOU SEPAK.

  • Fisherman's Wife
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    All comments aside, I want to take a moment to just be grateful.....grateful these men made it home to their families. That is something worth commenting about.

  • DOUBLE
    July 01, 2010 - 19:43

    MR. MAC. I THINK THAT YOUR COMMENTS ARE UNCALLED FOR. FOR A FISHERMAN TO TAKE THE LIVES OF HIS CREW MEMBERS IN HIS HANDS FOR A ACT OF CONVENIENCE IS NOT EVEN AN OPTION. THESE PEOPLE GO TO SEA TO MAKE A LIVING WITH HOPES OF RETURNING TO THEIR LOVED ONES ONSHORE. BUT FOR YOU AND ANY OTHER PEOPLE THAT THINKS THAT THESE ACCIDENTS ARE DONE INTENTIONALLY ARE IGNORANT. YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT LIVES. COME ON MAN, THESE PEOPLE ARE TRYING TO MAKE A LIVING AS I AM SURE THAT YOU DO EVERYDAY AS WELL. BUT FOR THE FIRST THING THAT ENTERS YOUR MIND IS THAT THESE ACCIDENTS ARE INTENTIONAL THIS IS A TRUE SIGN OF EDUCATION.
    SMARTEN UP PAL.....