Coast Guard  rescue crews pulled 2 people from their 60’ sailing vessel after it caught fire on Thursday, November 14, 2013, about 2 miles southwest of Point Judith, Rhode Island.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England  received notification from the vessel at about 6:30 p.m. that the pleasure craft had a fire in its engine room and that the vessel’s fire-fighting system had been activated.

Station Point Judith launched a crew with their heavy-weather-capable 45-foot Response Boat-Medium  to rescue the 2 aboard the vessel. Air Station Cape Cod launched an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter. The 2 people were safely transferred back to Station Point Judith with no injuries reported.

The Coast Guard Cutter Ridley, an 87-foot patrol boat  from Sector Long Island Sound, was diverted to watch over the sailboat overnight before salvage efforts could begin.

No pollution was reported.


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