Good Samaritans help rescue seven people after boat fire near Ocean City

WORCESTER COUNTY, Md. - The Coast Guard and good Samaritans responded to a boat on fire about 13 miles southeast of Ocean City on Friday morning.

Watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Maryland -National Capital Region received a distress call from the operator of the boat Hard Decision saying that he had an electrical fire aboard his boat and needed help.

Sector M- NCR relayed an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Ocean City and an air crew from Air Station Atlantic City.

Multiple good Samaritans arrived on scene to find that the Hard Decision was completely engulfed and that there were seven people in the water. The operator of the boat Unplugged rescued the seven people.

The survivors were then taken to the Coast Guard rescue boat and safely brought ashore.

Lieutenant Bradford Clark, Sector Maryland-NCR, a SAR mission controller says, "This case was a great example of how important it is to have proper, working safety gear aboard your vessel. The boaters were able to quickly notify our command center staff about their emergency and allowed us to alert boaters, near the stricken vessel's location, who responded and provided assistance."


No one was injured after seven people were rescued from a boat on Friday morning after it became engulfed in flames near Ocean City.

According to the Coast Guard, around 7:00 AM a fire broke out on a boat due to a potential electric issue, about 13 miles southeast of the Ocean City inlet.

Seven people were reportedly rescued by Good Samaritans. Officials are working to put out the fire.

The incident is under investigation.

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