September 22, 2017
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Boat burns, sinks off Shingle Island

STONINGTON, Maine — Two fishermen were reported to be safe Thursday after the boat they were in caught fire in the morning and then sank, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

The sinking occurred near Shingle Island, east of Stonington in Jericho Bay, according to Paul Conner, search and rescue controller for the Coast Guard. He said the 32-foot lobster boat Miss Virginia, which operates out of Stonington, burned to the waterline.

“Basically, the boat burned to the ground,” Conner said. “There’s nothing left to recover.”

Conner said he did not know the names of the two men on board, but they are believed to be the boat owner and his sternman.

Steve Johnson, Stonington’s harbor master, said Thursday that the Miss Virginia is owned by Deer Isle resident Norman Joyce. A voice message left at Joyce’s home phone number Thursday afternoon was not immediately returned.

The Coast Guard sent a vessel to the scene from Rockland, but the two men were rescued from the burning vessel by another lobster boat, Janice Marie, before the Coast Guard arrived around 6:30 a.m., according to Conner. He said both men were unharmed and were taken to shore by a third fishing boat, Family Tradition.

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