Good Samaritan and Coast Guard work together to rescue two men and a dog from burning boat

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MIAMI — Crewmembers with Coast Guard Station Key West, Fla., and the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket responded to a vessel fire southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., Thursday evening.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Key West, Fla., received a report from a good Samaritan of two men and a dog aboard a boat engulfed in flames eight nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key. Both men and dog aboard the boat evacuated onto a dinghy to escape the fire and were recovered by the good Samaritan. Watchstanders at Sector Key West issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast (UMIB) and diverted the Nantucket and a boatcrew with Station Key West to respond.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket attempt to extinguish a fire onboard a vessel eight nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., Dec. 12, 2013. A good Samaritan reported the incident to Coast Guard Sector Key West and recovered the survivors from danger. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Crewmembers aboard the Coast Guard Cutter Nantucket attempt to extinguish a fire onboard a vessel eight nautical miles southwest of Marquesas Key, Fla., Dec. 12, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Upon arriving on scene, the crew aboard the Nantucket safely embarked the survivors who were later transported to awaiting emergency medical services at Sector Key West by a small boatcrew with Station Key West.

The men aboard the vessel reported the fire ignited in the engine room and quickly spread throughout the vessel before it sunk.

There were no reports of any injuries.

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