Boat Catches Fire, Sinks off Provincetown

A Coast Guard HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter circles above as the Kathy Ann tries to extinguish a fire that occurred aboard a 23-foot boat off Stellwagen Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

July 21, 2010: According to an article on Cape Cod Online, 3 men were rescued roughly 6 miles off Provincetown, Massachusetts, after being forced to jump overboard when the outboard engine on their 23-foot center console caught on fire, forcing the men to jump overboard.

The Provincetown-based trawler Kathy Ann attempts to douse the flames on the burning boat, which later sank off Stellwagen Bank. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

A mayday call was issued by the boaters at 11:43 a.m. and picked up by Coast Guard Station Provincetown, which launched a 25-foot response boat and a 47-foot motor lifeboat to the scene. By the time the Coast Guard vessels arrived, a commercial Eastern rig trawler, the Kathy Ann, had plucked the men from the water and were attempting to extinguish the flames. Their efforts proved unsuccessful, however, and the boat later sank near the southwest corner of Stellwagen Bank. No injuries were reported, and the men were taken to Plymouth Harbor by friends in another boat.