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Pages of History: Heroism lauded in tugboat fire

From the pages of the Del Norte Triplicate, January 1960.

Crescent City’s disaster of Sunday, Dec. 27, 1959, when the tugboat Celilo exploded and caught fire, might well have been of major proportion had it not been for the quick action and actual heroism of two men.

Keith Richcreek, skipper of the fishing boat Neva D, boarded his boat and went immediately to the rescue of the men aboard the tug.

Chief Everett Burke of the Coast Guard cutter stationed in the harbor and his crew were credited with checking at least three fires aboard the gasoline-laden barge and on one occasion brought their cutter within 30 feet of the burning tug in an effort to halt the fires and then towed the still-burning tug out of the harbor.

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