It took MAC a moment to remember what a Gooeyduck was: a mollusc with a big thingy that explains why the Chinese think something so unpalatable is an aphrodisiac. But it wasn’t just that which caught MAC’s eye in this press release from the US Coast Guard but the way all sort of hung together.
Coast Guard Sector Juneau and a good Samaritan crew coordinated a rescue of two geoduck divers after their commercial fishing vessel caught fire 17 miles southwest of Craig in Port Santa Cruz Bay at 2:18 p.m. Wednesday.
The good Samaritan vessel Death Barge was navigating through the waterway when they noticed the 34-foot commercial fishing vessel Izzy B was on fire and notified the Coast Guard.
The crew of two were reported to be in the water fishing for gooey duck when their vessel caught fire. The good Samaritan vessel BJ was nearby and rescued the two crewmembers from the water.
“The Coast Guard doesn’t have the resources to patrol everywhere at once so we count on our partners including, good Samaritans, to be there when we can’t,” said Melissa Bert, Coast Guard Sector Juneau commander. “In this case the good Samaritan made the difference between life or death.”