Coast Guard rescues 2 from boat fire near Wanchese, N.C.

ATLANTIC BEACH, N.C. – A Coast Guard rescue boat crew saved two people from a burning boat Saturday afternoon in the Roanoke Channel near Wanchese, N.C.

A Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet 21-foot boat crew was familiarizing a new crewmember with the area when they saw smoke and arrived at the scene of a burning 43-foot sport fishing boat within one minute. Two people were pulled to safety before their boat was consumed with fire.

A 47-foot rescue boat crew also responded to the vessel fire to keep other vessels at a safe distance.

“All of us on board felt fortunate that we were in the vicinity of the vessel because of how quickly the fire spread across the deck,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam M. Fredrickson, coxswain of the 21-foot rescue boat.

The 43-foot sport fishing boat REEL NAUTI burns in Roanoke Channel near Wanchese, N.C., after a 21-foot Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet rescue boat crew saved the two people on board Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

The 43-foot sport fishing boat REEL NAUTI burns in Roanoke Channel near Wanchese, N.C., after a 21-foot Coast Guard Station Oregon Inlet rescue boat crew saved the two people on board Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina issued a Marine Safety Information Broadcast on marine radio channel 16 and 22. Salvage attempts will be attempted as soon as the weather subsides.

Mariners are urged to take caution when transiting this area. Two to three feet of the sunken boat remain above the water out of the navigable channel.

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