Michigan Coast Guard station has busy night, rescuing 6 boaters, assisting 3

9th Coast Guard District NewsCLEVELAND — Coast Guard boatcrews rescued six boaters and assisted three during two separate boat fires Friday night.

At 7:57 p.m., the watchstander at Coast Guard Station St. Clair Shores, Mich., received a report of a vessel on fire with three people aboard near Jefferson Beach Marina in St. Clair Shores.

A Station St. Clair Shores boatcrew responded aboard a 24-foot Special Purpose Craft-Shallow Water.

By the time the boatcrew arrived on scene, the engine fire had already been extinguished. The boatcrew placed the vessel in side-tow and transported it to the Jefferson Beach Marina.

There are no reports of injuries or pollution.

At 10:53 p.m. the watchstander at Station St. Clair Shores received a report of a boat fire with six people aboard near Miller Marina, right outside of the station.

A boatcrew from the station responded aboard a 25-foot Response Boat-Small and safely removed all six people from the vessel and took them to the station. The St. Clair Fire Department arrived on scene while the rescue boatcrew was removing the individuals and extinguished the fire.

There are no reports of injuries.

The Coast Guard Sector Detroit duty pollution investigator reported to the scene and found no signs of pollution.

The Coast Guard reminds boaters of the importance of having proper safety equipment onboard your vessel, such as fire extinguishers. Inspect your vessel’s engine compartment and other machinery spaces before getting underway to ensure they are clean and free of debris, and check on them regularly.

The Coast Guard also reminds mariners to have their vessel inspected by a competent authority, such as the Coast Guard Auxiliary, before getting underway for the first time.

Click here to learn more about free vessel safety inspections.

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