Coast Guard tows boat after fire

BOSTON – A Coast Guard crew is towing a 20-foot pleasure boat after it caught fire approximately two miles south of Harwich Port, Mass., today.

Coast Guard Station Chatham received a mayday call from the Chapparal around 1 p.m., reporting they had a small engine fire.

When the 27-foot rescue boat crew from Station Chatham arrived on scene around 1:10 p.m., the six person crew of the Chapparal had already extinguished the fire with a hand-held fire extinguisher they had aboard.

There were no injuries reported.

The rescue boat crew is towing the Chapparal to Saquatucket Harbor near Harwich, Mass.

“Thankfully the crew of Chapparal had proper safety equipment aboard their boat and was able to extinguish the fire,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Jordan Berryman, the officer of the day at Station Chatham. “The Coast Guard urges all mariners to ensure they have all the necessary safety equipment aboard their boat and that it’s in proper working order.”

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