Fishing Vessel Catches Fire South of Nantucket

Coast Guard rescue crews assisted a commercial fishing vessel experiencing an onboard fire 35 miles southeast of Nantucket on Monday, February 4.

Watchstanders at Sector Southeastern New England received a radio call from the 88’ Raiders at approximately 8:40 a.m.

An Air Station Cape Cod MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter and a Station Brant Point 42-foot Fast Response Boat were launched to assist.

After the Raiders’ 8-person crew had expended all fire extinguishers, they received assistance from a Good Samaritan who supplied 5 additional fire extinguishers. The MH-60 Jayhawk Helicopter was able to monitor the response from overhead and remained on scene to assist if needed.

The Raiders crew was able to extinguish the fire, but was unable to get the engine working.

At approximately 11:40 a.m., the Coast Guard Cutter Seneca arrived to assist the vessel and established towing operations. The Raiders owner hired a tugboat company to meet the inbound Seneca offshore and take over the tow.

No pollution was reported.

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