Fire on vessel off Grays Harbor, 120 aboard


ASTORIA, Ore. — The Coast Guard was responding to a fire aboard a vessel about 32 miles west of Grays Harbor Monday afternoon. One hundred and twenty people are believed to be onboard.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River received a call from the 314-foot fishing vessel Arctic Storm at about 3:20 p.m. reporting an uncontrolled engine room fire.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River launched two MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crews from Air Station Astoria, a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Cape Disappointment and two 47-foot motor lifeboat crews from Station Grays Harbor.

Coast Guard Sector Columbia River has issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast to alert all mariners in the area.

Arctic Storm is owned and operated by Arctic Storm, Inc. and is based in Seattle, Pier 69. According to DNV Exchange Vessel Info, it is a fishing factory stern trawler, monohull ship built in 1988. A call to the company was not returned.