3 Rescued from Burning Boat
October 26, 2010
The Coast Guard has rescued 3 fishermen after their boat caught fire approximately 17 miles east of Chatham, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, October 26, 2010.
A fisherman aboard the 48-foot fishing vessel, Joanne H, issued a Mayday call around 5:45 a.m., saying, “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is Joanne H. We’re on fire. My position is …” before the transmission was lost.
Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England used the Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) and Rescue 21 to obtain the vessel’s last known position. A Coast Guard Jayhawk helicopter from Air Station Cape Cod and a 42-foot boat from Coast Guard Station Chatham responded.
By the time Coast Guard crews arrived, the Harwich, Massachusetts-based boat was completely engulfed in flames.
Meanwhile, the 3-person crew had abandoned the boat and was in a liferaft. After seeing a red flare launched by the fishermen, the Coast Guard located the life raft and rescued all 3 fishermen.
The boat crew transported the trio to Chatham, where they were met by EMS. There were no reports of injury.
A 42-foot boat crew from Station Chatham remained on scene monitoring the vessel until it completely sank outside of the shipping lane in about 300 feet of water. There are no reports of pollution or debris in the area. The boat is not considered to be a hazard to navigation.
Audio call to Coast Guard:
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In this audio clip released by the U.S. Coast Guard, a fisherman aboard the 48-foot fishing vessel, Joanne H, off the coast of Chatham, issued a Mayday call around 5:45 a.m., Tues., Oct. 26, 2010, saying “Mayday, Mayday, Mayday, this is Joanne H. We’re on fire. My position is…” before the transmission was lost. (Coast Guard audio)
Coast Guard Video: