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Two rescued after boat catches fire in Boston Harbor

Coast Guard crews responded to Saturday’s fire.Michael Vadala/US Coast Guard

Two people were rescued from a 30-foot boat after it caught fire in Boston Harbor Saturday night, officials said.

The man and woman, who were the only two aboard, were not injured, according to Brian Fleming, a Coast Guard operations unit controller.

Officials responded to the fire around 7 p.m., he said. The boat, a Wellcraft cabin cruiser, was about 120 yards from shore, between the Fish Pier and the World Trade Center.

Initial reports indicated that it was an electrical fire, he said.

Sea Tow, a commercial boat-towing service, and the Boston Police Marine Unit were the first to arrive on scene and rescued the married couple, Fleming said.


The boat then became engulfed in flames and sank after the fire was extinguished.

“When they put out a fire on a boat, they usually fill it with water, and that’s probably what caused it to sink,” Fleming said.

The boat will be recovered during daylight hours, he said.

The Coast Guard, Boston Police, the Boston Fire Department, State Police, Massachusetts Environmental Police, and Massport all responded to the fire, he said.

“It’s crazy how quickly the responders got there,” said Tarn Stephanos, who was working as a narrator on a tour boat in the harbor when he heard the distress call on the radio and saw the boat on fire.

Chrystal Russell said she was on a sunset cruise around the harbor when she saw several boats with flashing lights racing across the water.

“There was a different color on the water, there was gray smoke, and looking again you could see the flame,” she said.

Jacob Carozza can be reached atjacob.carozza@globe.com.