Coast Guard rescues 2 from burning boat in Houston Ship Channel

A 44-foot sport fishing boat burns in the Houston Ship Channel near Light 63, which is about 6 miles east of Kemah, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018. A Coast Guard Station Galveston boat crew rescued the two people that were aboard the burning boat before it became engulfed in flames. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joshua Scritchfield.

A 44-foot sport fishing boat burns in the Houston Ship Channel near Light 63, which is about 6 miles east of Kemah, Texas, Saturday, Feb. 18, 2018. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Joshua Scritchfield.

HOUSTON — A Coast Guard Station Galveston boat crew rescued two people after investigating smoke in the Houston Ship Channel off Kemah Saturday afternoon.

At about 12:45 p.m., the boat crew located the burning boat and rescued the two aboard before the boat became engulfed in flames near Light 63.

A Port of Houston fire boat from Barbour’s Cut responded as well as the Harris County Sheriff’s Department.

The Coast Guard is maintaining a safety zone in the area until it is clear. Sea Tow is working to salvage the sunken boat out of the ship channel.

No injuries were reported.

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