Boat Catches Fire in Boston Harbor

A 74-year-old man who was fishing alone in Boston Harbor off the northern end of Long Island on Sunday morning was rescued after his 28-foot boat caught fire near the C “5” buoy, forcing him to jump overboard.

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Fortunately, a Good Samaritan boater was nearby and pulled the Lexington native from the water, which was 57 degrees. The victim was later transferred to a harbor patrol boat, and from there to a hospital, where he was later released.

The man, whose name is being withheld, was wearing a lifevest at the time of the accident. He told police that he suspected the fire was caused by an electrical problem.

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