Coast Guard Station South Portland crew respond to boat fire near Cushing Island

1st Coast Guard District News
BOSTON — A Coast Guard Station South Portland, Maine, crew responded to a boat fire aboard a 30-foot lobster boat in the vicinity of Cushing Island, Maine, Monday.

The Portland dispatch notified Station South Portland at about 12:20 p.m., of a fire aboard the lobster boat Hard Bottom with one person aboard.

A Coast Guard Station South Portland crew member inspects a vessel after a search and rescue case near Cushing, Maine, Nov. 10, 2014. The 30-foot lobster vessel reported an engine fire which rendered the vessel disabled. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station South Portland)

A Coast Guard Station South Portland crew member inspects a vessel after a search and rescue case near Cushing, Maine, Nov. 10, 2014. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Coast Guard Station South Portland)

A Station South Portland 47-foot Motor Life Boat crew and a 25-foot Response Boat-Small crew immediately launched and a Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, Massachusetts, helicopter was diverted to the scene.

Once on scene, the South Portland crew learned the fire had been extinguished, but had rendered the vessel disabled. The 25-foot RB-S crew was able to safely tow the Hard Bottom in to Union Pier.

There were no medical concerns reported.

In an average year, the Coast Guard assists approximately 3,300 lives in the First Coast Guard District, which extends from the Canadian border to northern New Jersey.

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