Coast Guard, good Samaritans rescue 5 from vessel fire

CLEVELAND - A Coast Guard Station Ludington search and rescue crew responded to a 31-foot boat on fire just south of Big Sable Lighthouse, Michigan, July 18, 2017. The five people aboard were rescued by a good Samaritan, and the Coast Guard transported one to EMS who was treated for smoke inhalation symptoms. (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.)

CLEVELAND – A Coast Guard Station Ludington search and rescue crew responded to a 31-foot boat on fire just south of Big Sable Lighthouse, Michigan, July 18, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard courtesy photo.)

CLEVELAND – A U.S. Coast Guard Station Ludington response boat-small crew and a good Samaritan responded to a vessel fire near Big Sable Point, Michigan, Tuesday.

The good Samaritan vessel arrived on scene and removed the five personnel aboard the ablaze, 31-foot Tiara Cabin Cruiser prior to the Coast Guard crew arriving. One passenger, experiencing possible smoke inhalation, was transferred to the Coast Guard and transported to local emergency medical services for further medical evaluation.

A Ludington Fire boatcrew arrived on scene to assist in extinguishing the fire.

The vessel sank in 75 feet of water. Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan issued a safety marine information broadcast and is continuing to monitor the situation.

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