Coast Guard rescues 6 people after boat catches fire near Ocean City, NJ

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

Coast Guard 29-foot Response Boat-Small file photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Nicole J. Groll

PHILADELPHIA—The Coast Guard removed six people from a 41-foot pleasure craft after the boat caught fire near Great Egg Inlet, New Jersey, Sunday.

A person aboard the boat on fire contacted the Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay command center via VHF-FM radio channel 16 at 4:25 p.m. for to request help.

A 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Coast Guard Station Great Egg launched to rescue the mariners in distress.

When the boat crew arrived, TowBoatUS was already on scene. The station boat crew safely removed all six people from the boat and transported them to Seaview Marina in Ocean City.

TowBoatUS personnel extinguished the fire and towed the boat to C-Jam Marina in Somers Point.

“Fires happen on boats more often than you think,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Andrew Redilla, coxswain during the case. “A fire on the water is very serious, since help can be far away. Always check your fire extinguishers before you get underway to make sure they’re ready if you need them.”

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