Coast Guard battles fishing vessel fire off Nantucket

Saved two crewmen after engine room caught fire
Two crew members from Coast Guard Cutter Oak battle a fire aboard the fishing vessel Juniper after their engine room caught fire in Nantucket Sound. The captain reported the fire at about 8:50 a.m., no injuries were reported. (US Coast Guard photo)

From the US Coast Guard:

BOSTON — Coast Guard crews saved two fishermen Thursday after their vessel's engine room caught fire in Nantucket Sound.

The captain of  the 41-foot fishing vessel Jupiter sent out a call for assistance over VHF Ch. 16 at about 8:50 a.m., and the crew of Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-foot buoy tender, answered their call for help. Simultaneously, a commercial aircraft informed the watchstanders at First Coast Guard District command center that they saw smoke coming from a fishing vessel.

Within five minutes, the Oak's small boat crew launched and arrived on-scene with fire extinguishers to help the fishermen put out the fire.

A 42-foot boat crew from Station Chatham and a Hyannis Fire Boat crew arrived on scene to assist. The Fire Marshal inspected the vessel to make sure there was no chance of reflash, before the Chatham boat crew put the Jupiter in tow to bring back to Hyannis Harbor.

"While Aids-to-Navigation is our bread and butter, the Oak is a multi-mission platform," said Lt. j. g. Stephen Nolan, the operations officer for the Oak. "It's not everyday we have the opportunity to save lives."

No injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

The Coast Guard Cutter Oak is a 225-foot Aids-to-Navigation buoy tender, homeported in Newport, Rhode Island. The crew services over 100 buoys in New England. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on