Kayaker rescues crabber from burning boat

Wow, this is quite a rescue! A kayaker takes matters into her own hands and sets out to assist a commercial crabber from his burning vessel. Glad everyone is safe…

This video was apparently shot on January 31, 2018 near La Conner, Washington.

Quote from the video post on YouTube: “A fisherman was trapped on a burning crabbing boat. Hew wasn’t wearing a life jacket. He was in freezing water and he couldn’t swim from cramping muscles and pure exhaustion. Miraculously, a lady paddled her kayak out to the boat engulfed in flames. The fisherman laid on the back and kicked his feet to get them to safety. It would have been a grim day for him if the Kayak Angel wasn’t there!”

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3 Responses to Kayaker rescues crabber from burning boat

  1. John Neegbhor March 1, 2018 at 9:36 am #

    Ah yes the typical Indian Vessel. Sunk or burnt down. I’ve seen some crazy stuff up on the Skagit. Did you knew Federal dollars just bought many Indian crabbers brand new diesel engines. I wonder if that boat had one.

  2. JO the Castaway Marine February 14, 2018 at 10:47 am #

    First I would like to Thank Three sheets northwest for the many articles! they contribute to readers, a knowledge of the local area, news, lifestyles.. Thanks

    The fire could have started at any point and I believe he probably used up any fire fighting source he had available. At the point of not being able to control the fire.

    He found him self standing on deck with no recourse but to watch his livelihood burn away.

    I don’t see myself running for a lifejacket first when a fire broke out. That may have been my mistake too.

    Once he was stuck standing on deck with no where to go, even a life jacket may not have helped! That water is so cold where he was fishing, the shock alone of jumping over board would kill him.

    I’ve seen Big men, instantly unable to help them selves upon hitting the water.

    Many people have not lived it, nor could they understand it.

    • Rick February 18, 2018 at 9:56 am #

      Annie is a rockstar and shows the selflessness that makes up our first responders. Having the confidence to take a kayak to rescue a boater is awesome. I don’t think I would have let jump on the kayak but clearly he didn’t want to go in the water. Annie maintained and got him to shore.

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