Coast Guard rescues 3 after their boat catches fire on the Grand River

CLEVELAND — A Coast Guard rescue boatcrew from Station Fairport, Ohio, rescued three people at the mouth of the Grand River near Fairport Tuesday evening after their boat caught fire.

All three people aboard were wearing life jackets, and no injuries were reported.

A watchstander at Coast Guard Station Fairport received a report of a fire onboard a 20-foot open cabin vessel at the mouth of the Grand River about 7 p.m. Coast Guard Station Fairport launched a rescue boatcrew aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small.

When the rescue boatcrew located the boat, the fire was out. All three people aboard the vessel were transferred to the RB-S and taken to shore.

“People who are out on the water should have their life jackets on at all times, even if they do not plan on entering the water,” said Petty Officer 1st Class James Collins, break-in coxswain, or operator, of the RB-S crew.

“It is much more difficult to put a life jacket on during an emergency than before one occurs.”

Commercial salvage transported the vessel to shore.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

No pollution was reported.

Click here to learn more about life jackets at the Coast Guard Boating Safety Resource Center.

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