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Fishermen and boy rescued from burning boat

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

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England received a relayed 911 call from state police at approximately 11 a.m. from the 42-foot commercial fishing vessel Promise Land, home-ported in Eastern Harbor, Maine, reporting that their vessel had caught fire and they were entering their life raft.

“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.”

Click here for the official Coast Guard press release and click here for a report by the Bangor Daily News.