PORT CLYDE, Maine — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued two fishermen from the water Thursday morning after their fishing vessel caught fire about 4 miles south of Port Clyde.
The crew’s distress call to the Coast Guard at 10 a.m. said the engine room of the fishing vessel Miss Lynn was on fire and the two people aboard needed help, according to a release from the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard issued an urgent marine information broadcast requesting assistance from mariners, and it launched a 29-foot response boat from Rockland. The 225-foot buoy tender Coast Guard Cutter Willow was diverted from nearby operations to assist.
The fishing vessel Bug Catcha heard the distress call and arrived first. Its crew found the two men from the Miss Lynn in the ocean, wearing survival suits. They rescued the men shortly before Coast Guard vessels arrived, according to the release.
Capt. Michael Baroody, commanding officer at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England, said in the statement that the two fishermen did several things right to prevent the situation from becoming tragic: “They used their radio to make a distress call to notify the Coast Guard, information we needed, and they donned immersion suits.”
The Coast Guard will investigate the cause of the incident, according to the release.