Seven Rescued After Boat Catches Fire

Seven Rescued After Boat Catches Fire
Photo by Wes Pollitt

OCEAN CITY — Seven people were rescued from a 35-foot recreational boat fully engulfed in flames about 10 miles off the coast of Ocean City early Friday morning.

Coast Guard Station Ocean City watchstanders were notified early Friday morning of a 35-foot Everglades recreational vessel on fire about nine miles off the coast of Assateague and a little over 10 miles from the Ocean City Inlet with seven people aboard. Coast Guard Station Ocean City launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew to respond.

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Photo courtesy of US Coast Guard

A Good Samaritan had immediately heard the distress call and urgent marine information broadcast and also responded and located one crew member from the burning boat who was spotted in the water. Eventually, all seven people who were on board the burning boat were saved and safely returned to Ocean City with no injuries reported.

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About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.