Six people rescued after boat catches on fire near Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md. — The U.S. Coast Guard and good Samaritans rescued six mariners after their boat caught on fire just a few miles south of Ocean City on Thursday.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Maryland-National Capital Region command center received notification through VHF Ch. 16 from the owner of the 54-foot cruiser yacht, No Filter, that a fire had broken out on board and all six BOATERS were abandoning ship. Several boaters in the area also contacted the command center to notify them that the boat had become engulfed in flames.

Sector Maryland-NCR watchstanders launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat boatcrew from Coast Guard Station Ocean City to the scene. Crewmembers from the fishing vessel Smugglers Point arrived on scene first, after overhearing the UMIB and safely recovered all six individuals.

We’re told Station Ocean City crew members arrived on scene shortly after, and safely got five out of the six individuals back to the station. The owner of the the boat stayed behind to await Tow Boat U.S. crews to conduct salvage operations.

No injuries were reported from the incident.

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