2 fishermen plucked from flaming boat in dramatic ocean rescue

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Thick black smoke rising from a fishing boat in the ocean.
Thick black smoke rising from a fishing boat in the ocean.


CONCORD, NH — Two fishermen were rescued June 19 from a flaming boat off the coast in Rye. The boat’s engine burst into flames shortly after the rescue.

On Sunday afternoon two NH Conservation Officers were checking commercial and recreational fishermen by boat off the NH coast, when they noticed a column of thick black smoke coming from a vessel approximately one mile off of Odiorne Point in Rye. The officers responded with their patrol boat and located two fishermen in the water clinging to the side of their boat, which had flames coming from the engine compartment. The officers were able to each grab ahold of the boaters and pull them to safety onto their patrol boat.

The distressed craft quickly became engulfed in flames and is expected to be deemed a total loss. Portsmouth Fire Boat One arrived on the scene to extinguish the flames, and the remains of the hull were towed back to shore by the Conservation Officer’s patrol boat.

Quick response by the Conservation Officers, along with the boater’s choice to evacuate the burning boat, likely avoided what could have been a tragic event. Also assisting in the incident were the U.S. Coast Guard, Portsmouth Fire, and NH Marine Patrol.

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