Several members of a well-known Gloucester fishing family were rescued from one of their boats Monday afternoon after an electric fire broke out in the engine.
The Amanda Marie, a commercial fishing boat, was carrying owner Mike Parisi and four family members near Ten Pound Island at about 1 p.m. when the occupants began to smell smoke, according to Gloucester Harbormaster Jim Caulkett.
The crew of another fishing boat pulled the family to safety as rescuers arrived. With the Amanda Marie unoccupied, the Gloucester harbormaster and US Coast Guard towed the boat to shore, where firefighters extinguished the blaze, Gloucester Fire Chief Eric Smith said.
Smith lauded the crew on the other boat for their assistance, which made it possible for emergency responders to focus on saving the boat and putting out the fire.
“Those folks being evacuated ... eliminated that problem and didn’t require any additional concerns for life safety,” he said. “It kept the incident stabilized and under control and allowed us to do the property preservation part.”
He believes the boat can be repaired. Parisi declined to comment.
Caulkett said Parisi’s company has been around for several decades and is well-known among fishers in the region. Though he is not sure what caused the electrical problem, he said any onboard boat fires are a surprise.
“Mike has a very good reputation,” he said. “He keeps his boats in very good shape.”