Air Station Cape Cod Crew Assesses Boat Fire 65 Miles Off Chatham

Dramatic footage taken off Chatham...
The Rose Marie burns about 65 miles east of Chatham Thursday afternoon. (USCG photo)

From Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod...

Check out this footage the air crew from U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod captured yesterday!

BZ! to the good Samaritan fishing boats in the area who helped the crew of the Rose Marie!

Coast Guard officials report that three fishing vessels rescued the crew of the Rose Marie, a 77-foot stern trawler, which caught fire at sea Thursday.

Crewmembers from the fishing vessel Alexis Martina radioed watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Southeastern New England about 1 p.m., reporting the Rose Marie was on fire.

The crew abandoned ship into a life raft. At the time, the Rose Marie was about 65 miles east of Chatham when the fire started between noon and 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The Seven Seas, another fishing vessel that was nearby, rescued the four crewmembers from their life raft, Coast Guard officials said.

The crew transferred to the fishing vessel Gabby G, which has a homeport of Montauk, N.Y., and awaited the arrival of a private tug. 

A commercial tug was called to remove the Rose Marie after the fire had burned itself out.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fire.


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