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Posted: October 18, 2017 2:50 PM

Coast Guard Cutter Damaged by Fire

NEW ORLEANS — Members from Gulfport Fire Department and a Coast Guard member extinguished a fire Oct. 17 aboard Coast Guard Cutter Brant, which was moored in Gulfport, Miss., the Eighth Coast Guard District said in an Oct. 18 release.

At approximately 5 a.m., two Coast Guard members who were aboard the cutter became aware of the fire, located on the port-aft area, and took initial actions to put out the fire using an on-board fire extinguisher.

Members from Gulfport Fire Department arrived on scene at 5:05 a.m. and extinguished the fire.

The two Coast Guard members on board the vessel were evaluated by emergency medical services and have been released.

“We are thankful no one was hurt in the fire,” said Cmdr. Zachary Ford, the head of the response department at Coast Guard Sector New Orleans. “Without the quick response and actions taken by the Gulfport Fire Department, this incident could have been much worse.”

The cause of the incident is under investigation.



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