Good Samaritan Assists Coast Guard with Boat Fire in New Jersey

SANDY HOOK–A good Samaritan removed four people from a 24-foot vessel after it caught fire while at anchor in the Shrewsbury River in Highlands, N.J., at 4:10 p.m. today.

A fifth person on board the vessel Resourceful extinguished the fire and waited in the vessel for first responders. The other four people stayed on board the 45-foot good Samaritan vessel, Morning Mist.

Coast Guard Sector New York received a report at 4 p.m. via marine band radio channel 16 that the vessel Resourceful, with five people on board, had an engine fire. A rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Sandy Hook arrived on scene at 4:18 p.m. and found that the fire had been extinguished, and that the vessel was filled with gray smoke.

A Coast Guard rescue crewman boarded the damaged vessel to ensure that it was safe, and that the fire was completely extinguished. The rescue crew towed the disabled vessel at 4:50 p.m. to Bahr’s Marina just north of the Highlands Bridge on the Shrewsbury River.

The Morning Mist transported the four recovered people to Bahr’s Marina.

“The Coast Guard reminds all mariners to ensure that they have the proper safety equipment on board their vessel at all times, such as a fire extinguisher,” said Lt. Craig Toomey, Coast Guard Sector New York command duty officer. “Had this person not taken immediate the steps to extinguish the engine fire right away, or had the proper fire fighting equipment on board, the situation may have been much worse.”

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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