Woman missing after Bellingham marina fire was first to call 911

Woman missing after Bellingham marina fire was first to call 911

Credit: KING

Fire destroyed a boat house on the waterfront in Bellingham, Wash., March 30, 2012.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on April 2, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 2 at 3:34 PM

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Winds Monday prevented a barge with a crane from moving into position at a Bellingham marina where officials believe two people died when their boat burned and sank Friday.

Port of Bellingham spokeswoman Carolyn Casey said they hope to position the crane Tuesday at the Squalicum Harbor marina. Divers will attach cables to debris.
  
The top priority is finding the bodies of 43-year-old Jim Langei and 33-year-old Sterling Taylor. They owned the America's Cup coffee shop near the marina and lived on board the 42-foot "Breakwind."

The Coast Guard says at 5:27 a.m. Friday, Taylor called 911 to report smoke and flames in the boat, the Bellingham Herald reports.

Her call was "brief," Coast Guard officials said, and by the time firefighters reached the dock, the Breakwind was engulfed in flames.

The boat was one of as many as 10 boats destroyed in the fire.

Officials expect the investigation of the cause and cleanup work will take several weeks.

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