Crewmember S.O.S., Cruise Ship Fires

Coast Guard And Border Patrol Join Efforts To Rescue Freight Ship Fire Victims


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In a team effort, the Coast Guard and Customs and Border Protection have rescued a four-man crew from a coastal freighter accident that took place near Puerto Rico. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Decisive and the aircrew of a Customs and Border Protection aircraft rescued the victims following an accident with the freighter called Two Brothers Saturday, October 27, about 75 nautical miles south of Cabo Rojo.

The survivors had been adrift for two days after a fire onboard the vessel disabled it and burned through the majority of the freighter.

“The crew did a great job in preparing for rescue and assistance once we were diverted; upon arriving on scene they again displayed the utmost professionalism and compassion in making sure the survivors were taken care of,” said Cmdr. Mark Walsh, Coast Guard Cutter Decisive commanding officer. “For many of the cutter crew, this was their first search and rescue case and it will only reinforce their resolve and dedication in making sure they are always ready.”

One of the owners of the Two Brothers reported the vessel had not reached its destination of Tortola, British Virgin Islands Thursday night and once Sector San Juan Watch standers received the notice, a search party was initiated. The Coast Guard Cutter Decisive was diverted to search for the Two Brothers and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Caribbean Air and Marine Branch also provided assistance. A responding CBP DHC-8 marine surveillance aircraft located the four crewmembers aboard the disabled vessel Saturday morning and the victims received initial medical treatment and provisions.

Accidents involving fires can occur onboard for several reasons. Mechanical problems and human error can cause a fire to erupt and take over a vessel, leading to serious – if not fatal – injuries. Our maritime lawyers are here to assist you and your loved ones if you have been involved in a fire accident at sea. With over 165 years of combined experience representing the crew and passengers of personal water crafts, freight vessels, cargo and cruise ships, our cruise accident attorneys will work to help you obtain compensation for your pain and suffering and other losses.

If the fire occurred because of someone’s negligence, our attorneys will endeavor to hold them accountable. Boat, cargo and cruise ship operators have a responsibility to use reasonable care for the safety of all onboard, and when an act of negligence leads to an injury or death, they may be held liable. With our help, you and your loved ones can seek justice for the incident and tragedy you have endured.

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