Coast Guard Responds to Boat Fire near Babylon

NEW YORK– Babylon Bay Constables rescued two boaters whose pleasure boat was engulfed in flames near Babylon, N.Y., about 1:30 p.m. today.

The boaters are reportedly in good condition.

Coast Guard Station Fire Island received a call from West Islip Fire Department at 1:30 p.m. and dispatched two 25-foot rescue boat crews who arrived on scene in 10 minutes.

“When the Coast Guard arrived the vessel was fully engulfed by flames,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Derek Stack, Station Fire Island watch officer. “The West Islip Fire Department was fighting the fire and we transferred one of our crewmen aboard to assist in putting the fire out.”

While in flames, the 42-foot vessel broke free from the pier. A Coast Guard Auxiliary unit quickly lassoed the wayward pleasure boat.

“The lines that were holding the vessel in place broke loose, Mobile Unit 1 [Coast Guard Auxiliary] threw a line around the vessel and tied it off to a dock so it would not
become a water hazard,” said Stack.

Once officials extinguished the blaze the damaged vessel started taking on water. Coast Guard and West Islip Fire Department then dewatered the vessel.

The cause of the fire is unknown, a Coast Guard investigation is underway.

A commercial tow service, Boat U.S. towed the vessel to Anchorage Marina in Lindenhurst, N.Y.

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