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Coast Guard rescues 4 in boat fire off Martha’s Vineyard

Coast Guard crew look at the pleasure craft Angler early Saturday after rescuing four passengers who abandoned the ship following a boat fire.
Coast Guard crew look at the pleasure craft Angler early Saturday after rescuing four passengers who abandoned the ship following a boat fire.(Jesse Cisneros/US Coast Guard)

Four people were rescued after their boat caught fire in the waters off Martha’s Vineyard early Saturday morning, the US Coast Guard said.

The mast of the 35-foot pleasure craft Angler sent out a distress call around 4:43 a.m., the Coast Guard said in a news release. All four people on board abandoned the ship in a life raft, and no injuries were reported.

A 47-foot motor life boat crew was dispatched from Station Menemsha to rescue the passengers in the boat that was near Vineyard Sound, the Coast Guard said.

The fire aboard the pleasure craft was determined to have been contained and extinguished by the boat’s fire suppression system, the Coast Guard said. The boat was taken to its home port in Falmouth by a commercial tow.

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The cause of the fire was not determined and the case was closed, said Coast Guard Petty Officer Second Class LaNola Stone.


Adam Sennott can be reached at adam.sennott@globe.com.