Coast Guard rescues three mariners after vessel catches fire near Cerberus Shoal

300 696238NEW YORK – Coast Guard Station New London crewmembers rescued three mariners after their vessel caught on fire at 6:45 A.M., Sunday, near Cerberus Shoal.

A father of one of the mariners notified Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound that the 50-foot long liner Long Shot was burning near Fisher’s Island. The crewmembers had abandoned ship and boarded a life raft.

Watchstanders at Sector Long Island Sound launched boat crews from Coast Guard Station Montauk and Coast Guard Station New London. A helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod also responded.

Station New London crewmembers in a 45-foot Response Boat Medium arrived on scene at 7:15 A.M. and recovered the mariners and life raft.

The mariners were all wearing survival gear, including lifejackets, and no injuries or medical concerns were reported.

“It was an excellent response from all involved,” said Mark Averill, a Command Duty Officer at Coast Guard Sector Long Island Sound. “The mariners took appropriate action, had their survival gear onboard and safely utilized the life raft. Three lives saved is a good day.“

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.

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