Canadian Sailboat Catches Fire off Sakonnet Point

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The Coast Guard rescued 2 people from a burning sailboat on Monday afternoon, Oct. 12, about a mile south of Rhode Island’s Sakonnet Point.

At approximately 4:00 p.m., the 2-person crew of the Northern Phoenix, from Ottawa, Canada, radioed via VHF 16 that their boat was on fire before abandoning their vessel and boarding a life raft. A Coast Guard rescue boat crew arrived on-scene about 30 minutes later, quickly located the raft and brought the sailors aboard.

Meanwhile, Rhode Island Department on Environmental Management, North Kingstown Fire Department, and Warwick Fire Department marine units responded to the burning boat and extinguished the flames. Commercial salvors towed the vessel to port.