Fishing Boat Burns off Martha’s Vineyard



The Coast Guard and a good Samaritan rescued 5 people 18 miles south of Nomans Island on Sunday, July 16, after their boat caught on fire.

A good Samaritan radioed to watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern at about 10:00 a.m. reporting that a 32’ Regulator center console named Finale had caught fire, and he rescued the people who were aboard.

A Station Menemsha 47’ Motor Lifeboat crew launched. They arrived on scene and reported the 5 people to be in good health and the Finale capsized.

The five people transferred over to the 47-foot Motor Lifeboat and were brought back to Woods Hole where family was waiting to bring them home.

A commercial salvage company recovered the vessel.