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5 rescued off burning ship miles from Martha’s Vineyard

The 32-foot recreational boat Finale capsized Sunday after catching fire in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard.
Joseph Belladue/US Coast Guard
The 32-foot recreational boat Finale capsized Sunday after catching fire in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard.

A good Samaritan helped to save five people after their boat caught fire Sunday morning off Martha’s Vineyard, according to the US Coast Guard.

The Finale, a 32-foot recreational boat, was 18 miles south of Nomans Land when it caught on fire, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard received a radio call about 10 a.m. from the Samaritan, reporting the fire and saying that “he rescued the people who were aboard,” the agency said in a statement.

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A 47-foot motorboat was launched from a Coast Guard station in Menemsha, on Martha’s Vineyard.

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“They arrived on scene and reported the five people to be in good health and the Finale capsized,” the statement said.

The Coast Guard transported the people back to Woods Hole, the statement said.

A commercial salvage company recovered the vessel.

Abigail Feldman can be reached at abigail.feldman@globe.com.