Two Rescues off Chatham, Massachusetts

August 29, 2010: The Cape Cod Times reports that the Chatham harbormaster’s office responded to a boat fire and an overturned boat in separate incidents on Sunday, August 29, off Monomoy Island, Cape Cod.

The fire apparently broke out aboard an 18-foot Mako center console in the cut between South Beach and Monomoy Island at 3:40 p.m., Chatham fire lieutenent David Ready said. The boat sustained heavy damage to the motor and the stern.

According to harbormaster Stuart Smith, the boaters were trying to start their outboard when they experienced some sort of electrical problem that caused the fire. The owner of the boat was unable to extinguish the fire with his own fire extinguisher, Smith said. However, firefighters were able to put the fire out and were back by 5:25 p.m., Ready said.

One person onboard suffered minor burns, but did not require medical treatment, Smith said. “The boat is anchored presently down there and we’re making arrangements to have it removed,” he said.

At about the same time as the boat fire was being dealt with, another boat was reported overturned off the southern end of Monomoy Island, near Pollock Rip, Smith said. A half-dozen passengers onboard the 19-foot Boston Whaler were quickly rescued from the water by a Good Samaritan. Nobody was injured, he said.

The boat was likely flipped by waves caused by Hurricane Danielle, Stuart said. The weakening hurricane located about 500 nautical miles northeast of Bermuda has produced strong rip currents and waves along the East Coast. Seas in Pollock Rip were 2 to 4 feet with occasional 5-footers.

The rescued boaters were brought to shore at Barn Hill Lane on the Oyster River. By 8:40 p.m. a patrol boat had towed the overturned boat to Stage Harbor, where it was hauled.

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