Coast Guard rescue crews respond to charter vessel explosion off Portland, Maine

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — Coast Guard rescue crews responded to a distress call from the charter vessel Dawg Daze, homeported in Harpswell, Maine, after a butane stove exploded approximately 28 miles off the coast of Portland, Maine, at Jeffries Ledge Aug. 4. Once passenger was injured.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received notification via VHF channel 16 at approximately 9:52 a.m., stating that a passenger, a 35-year-old man, had sustained burns from the explosion and that the vessel was headed back to port.

Coast Guard Station South Portland launched a 47-foot Motor Life Boat with three Portland firefighters on board to provide emergency medical services. The rescue boat met with the charter vessel approximately seven miles off the coast of Portland and transferred the passenger aboard. The man was transported to Portland and taken to Maine Medical Center for treatment.

His condition is unknown.

“This highlights the Coast Guard’s working relationships with local EMS and state agencies,” said Lt. Nicholas Barrow, a command center supervisor at Sector Northern New England. “Because of our partnership with the Portland Fire Department we were able to get this man treatment as soon as possible.”

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