Fisherman rescues 6 anglers from engulfed sportfisher

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  • Michael Wood, the owner/operator of Buddy Boy Sportfishing came to the timely aid of a fellow fishing boat with 6 people onboard that was fully engulfed in flames and going down approximately 10 miles offshore.

    The 40-foot “Reel Viking” caught fire due to an engine issue on their way out to the fishing grounds, and issued a distress call at approximately 8:30 AM.

    Wood, on his way out saw smoke, and responded, beating USCG and SD Lifeguard response crews. He was able to safely offload all 6 onboard (4 passengers and 2 crew) before other help arrived, and well before the Reel Viking eventually succumbed to the flames and sank beneath the surface.

    Wood chalked it up to being in the right place at the right time, sharing photos and a video on Facebook of the 40 foot sportfisher on fire.

    Sometimes you're just in the right place at the right time. Saw just a light wisp of smoke from this boat, turned it up,…

    Posted by Michael Wood on Saturday, September 2, 2017

    According to an article by, Wood transferred the passengers to a USCG vessel where they were safely returned to Dana Landing in Mission Bay at approximately 10:30 AM.

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