Coast Guard rescues 2 fishermen and boy from burning fishing vessel near Jonesport

Posted Aug. 09, 2012, at 3:05 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 09, 2012, at 6:28 p.m.
U.S. Coast Guard crew members from the Jonesport station rescued two fishermen and a boy from the 42-foot fishing vessel Promise Land, which caught fire 15 miles east of Jonesport on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.
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U.S. Coast Guard crew members from the Jonesport station rescued two fishermen and a boy from the 42-foot fishing vessel Promise Land, which caught fire 15 miles east of Jonesport on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012.

JONESPORT, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men and a boy from a life raft Thursday after their fishing vessel caught fire about 15 miles east of Jonesport.

Coast Guard watchstanders received a relayed 911 call from state police at about 11 a.m. from the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Promise Land, homeported in Eastern Harbor, Maine, reporting that their vessel had caught fire and they were entering their life raft.

The Coast Guard station in Jonesport dispatched crews and two boats — a 25-footer and 47-footer — while an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter was diverted from Rockland and an Air Station Cape Cod HU-25 Falcon jet was launched.

The 25-foot response boat arrived on scene at 12:45 p.m., rescued all three boaters and transported them to local EMS at Station Jonesport.

“Our crews reacted promptly to rescue these people,” said Lt. Nicholas Barrow, the command duty officer at Sector Northern New England. “In this case the boat crews had to navigate through extremely limited visibility in fog to find the fishermen.”

The 47-foot motor lifeboat crew will remain on scene with the Promise Land to monitor for any environmental impacts.

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