Small Boat Burns off Rockland, Maine

The 16-foot Boston Whaler in flames alongside the Rockland breakwater. Photo courtesy USCG.

July 8, 2010: The Coast Guard issued a report and photos of a 16-foot Boston Whaler used for commercial lobstering engulfed in flames along the breakwater in Rockland, Maine.

Rockland Chart

At approximately 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard sector Northern New England was notified by a Good Samaritan boater of the fire via VHF 16 and dispatched a 25-foot rescue boat to the scene. Rockland Fire and Police departments also responded. By the time rescue personnel arrived, the Whaler’s crew of 2, among them owner William Kirk, were on the breakwater, holding a line to the burning boat. No injuries were reported. According to the Herald Gazette, the fire started due to mechanical failure of the hauler pump.

More news and photos:

From the Herald Gazette