Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters after vessel catches fire near Titusville

A Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat - Small

USCG File Photo

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Coast Guard rescued two boaters Wednesday after their vessel caught fire on the Indian River near Titusville.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville Command Center watchstanders were notified via VHF-FM marine-band radio channel 16 at 10:09 p.m. from two boaters stating they were awakened by smoke and their 48-foot catamaran was on fire.

A Coast Guard Station Port Canaveral 29-foot Response Boat–Small (RBS) crew launched at 10:10 p.m. While the RBS crew was en route, the boaters stated they were abandoning ship and evacuating into their dingy.

The RBS crew arrived on scene at about 10:25 p.m. and transferred the boaters to Marina Park where EMS were waiting.

The boaters were taken to Parrish Medical Center by EMS in stable condition. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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