Coast Guard helps man after boat fire

BOSTON – The Coast Guard helped rescue a 50-year old man after his boat caught fire near Pumpkin Island, Maine, around 9 a.m., today.

Coast Guard Station Boothbay Harbor received a radio call from the fishing vessel Foxy Lady reporting that the 35-foot lobster boat Perry’s Pride III had caught on fire.

A 25-foot and 47-foot boat crew from Station Boothbay Harbor responded to the call. When the crews arrived on scene, the fishing vessel Victoria Secret had recovered the man from the water.

The man was transferred to a Coast Guard boat and taken to the dock of a local Boothbay Harbor hospital.

His condition is unknown.

He was the only person aboard at the time and was wearing a survival suit.

The South Bristol, Maine, vessel sank in approximately 108 feet of water and is not believed to be a hazard to navigation at this time. There have been no reports of pollution.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

“We are grateful for the local fishermen who helped rescue this man,” said Paul Connor, a search and rescue controller for Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “It is a true of example of how mariners in this community come together to help others in trouble.”

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