Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen and boy from burning fishing vessel

Northeast Atlantic Coast Guard NewsBOSTON — The Coast Guard rescued two men and a boy from a life raft after their fishing vessel caught fire approximately 15 miles east of Jonesport, Maine, Thursday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a relayed 911 call from state police at approximately 11:00 a.m. from the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Promise Land, homeported in Eastern Harbor, Maine, reporting that their vessel had caught fire and they were entering their life raft.

Coast Guard Station Jonesport, Maine 25-foot response boat small crew and a 47-foot motor life boat crew immediately launched. A Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was diverted from Rockland, Maine and an Air Station Cape Cod HU-25 Falcon jet was launched.

The 25-foot response boat arrived on scene at 12:45 p.m., rescued all three boaters and transported them to local EMS at Station Jonesport.

“Our crews reacted promptly to rescue these people,” said Lt. Nicholas Barrow, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England. “In this case the boat crews had to navigate through extremely limited visibility in fog to find the fishermen.”

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew will remain on scene with the Promise Land to monitor for any environmental impacts.

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