Coast Guard extinguish boat fire | News
SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- At around 10 a.m. Thursday morning the U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call from the fishing vessel Miss Lynn stating the engine room was on fire and the two people aboard needed help about four miles south of Port Clyde, Maine.
Watch standers in the command center at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from mariners. A 29 foot response boat small launched from Coast Guard Station Rockland, and the 225 foot buoy tender Coast Guard Cutter Willow was diverted from operations nearby to assist.
The fishing vessel Bug Catcha overheard the distress call and was the first on-scene. The two men from the burning Miss Lynn had donned survival suits, entered the water, and were recovered by the Bug Catcha crew upon their arrival. Shortly afterwards, the Coast Guard ship and boat arrived on scene.
Coast Guard Cutter Willow aggressively fought the fire, but the heavily damaged Miss Lynn quickly sank near Cilley Ledge with no sign of pollution.
“This is an unfortunate situation for the two fishermen, but they did several things right that saved their lives,” explained Capt. Michael Baroody, commanding officer of Coast Guard Sector Northern New England. “They used their radio to make a distress call to notify the Coast Guard, they relayed the critical information we needed, and they donned immersion suits.” The Coast Guard will conduct an investigation into the cause of the incident.