Former gubernatorial candidate Dean rescued following sailboat fire in Arctic

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Karl Dean speaks to a business group in Nashville on March 20, 2018. (Erik Schelzig, Tennessee Journal)

Former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Democratic nominee in last year’s governor’s race, was rescued in the Arctic following a sailboat fire, The Tennessean reports.

Dean and fellow travelers were told told to evacuate at about 4:30 a.m. local time on Sunday because of large amounts of smoke developing below deck. Two Norwegian rescue helicopters arrived to rescue them after about 10 minutes in life boats.

“Our job really in the moment the smoke was discovered was to do what we were told,” Dean told the newspaper in a phone interview. “We were very good at doing that. And we were very confident that we were going to be OK.”

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