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Coast Guard crew battle heroically to save their ship from fire

PortandTerminal.com, September 24, 2020

ALAMEDA, CA – The crew of the Waesche, a national security cutter, battled heroically to save their ship after a fire broke out while it was underway in U.S. 7th Fleet on Sunday.

The “shipboard engineering fire” was reported at about 5:15 p.m. local time after crew members found fire in the exhaust stack and nearby spaces.

Five Coast Guard members sustained minor injuries, but the crew of was able to get the blaze under control in about 90 minutes

“The rapid response and courageous efforts from the crewmembers aboard Waesche to quickly contain and extinguish the fire are a testament to the bravery and skill of this crew,” said Capt. Jason Ryan, Waesche’s commanding officer.

Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) transits toward the Golden Gate Bridge blanketed in fog and smoke
The Coast Guard Cutter Waesche (WMSL 751) transits toward the Golden Gate Bridge blanketed in fog and smoke from numerous wildfires burning across the San Francisco Bay Area, Aug. 22, 2020. Photo by Chief Petty Officer Matthew S. Masaschi.

Waesche is the Coast Guard’s second 418-foot Legend-class national security cutter and one of four homeported in Alameda. National security cutters have a crew of more than 150 and are among the largest and most technologically sophisticated vessels in the Coast Guard’s fleet.

Those injured suffered smoke inhalation, heat exhaustion and an injured knee, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Brickey said Wednesday.

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