Vessel Sinks After Catching Fire off Sakonnet Point, RI


Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Castle Hill, along with a Good Samaritan, rescued a man whose 38’ boat caught fire near the entrance to the Sakonnet River at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a call via cell phone from the operator confirming he was the only one onboard, had not sustained any injuries and was abandoning ship into his 8’ dinghy.

A Good Samaritan arrived within 15 minutes to the dinghy and recovered the man who was later transferred to a 45-foot response boat-medium  where he was transferred to the station. He was evaluated by the Coast Guard EMT at the station, who recommended no further medical treatment.

Multiple fire departments responded. The vessel sunk while firefighters were fighting the fire.

The vessel is homeported in Portsmouth, Rhode Island. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.