Coast Guard responds to fire aboard Plymouth charter boat

BOSTON (D1 Public Affairs) – Five Coast Guard boats responded when a charter whale-watching vessel carrying 36 people reported an engine fire while they were six miles off Gurnet Lighthouse in Plymouth, Mass., about 8:30 a.m., today.

The 77-foot Capt. John & Son is no longer on fire and the smoke had dissipated. There are no reports of injuries, and the boat does not appear to be taking on water.

Coast Guard boats from Station Cape Cod Canal, Mass., Station Point Allerton, Mass., Station Point Allerton,, Mass., and Station Scituate, Mass., responded. Additionally, several good Samaritan vessels stood by to help, if needed.

Capt. John & Son’s sister ship, Tales of the Sea, picked up all of the passengers and continued on with the whale-watching trip. Another sister ship, Andy Lynn VI, is towing the Capt. John & Son to Plymouth. A 41-foot utility boat from Station Point Allerton is escorting them to the harbor.

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