Coast Guard assists boaters after vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet

A Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet boat crew assists three boaters May 4, 2019, after a vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watchstanders received a notification from the Catatonic, a 26-foot recreational fishing vessel, stating they were disabled after a flash fire occurred on board when they started the engines and one passenger received burns. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Rodriguez)

A Coast Guard Station Ponce De Leon Inlet boat crew assists three boaters May 4, 2019, after a vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet, Florida.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Armando Rodriguez)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard assisted three boaters Saturday after a vessel fire 20 miles east of Ponce Inlet.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville command center watchstanders received a notification at 10:55 a.m. from the crew of the Catatonic, a 26-foot recreational fishing vessel, stating they were disabled after a flash fire occurred on board when they started the engines and one passenger received burns.

A Coast Guard Station Ponce de Leon Inlet 45-foot Response Boat-Medium crew launched at 11:10 a.m. and located the disabled vessel at anchor. The RB-M crew removed the three passengers from the vessel and transported them to Station Ponce where EMS were waiting.

The vessel owner will arrange salvage.


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