Three mariners were rescued from their burning boat yesterday by Good Samaritans aboard the fishing vessel Kathy Ann, just a few miles north of Cape Cod. The case highlights how important fellow seafarers can be during an emergency when they’re out there on their own.
“We got a mayday call and tried to radio back but there was no response,” said BM2 Justin Perry who was officer of the day at Station Provincetown, Mass. A response boat was already underway nearby and was able to find the burning boat within a few minutes but fishermen aboard the Kathy Ann were already there to help.
The three men from the burning boat had jumped into the water to avoid the flames.
“The Kathy Ann picked them out of the water and transferred them to a Massachusetts Environmental Police boat,” said BM2 Nate Leger who was the coxswain aboard a second boat dispatched from the station. There were no injuries according to Leger but another fishing boat, the Blue Ocean, was using their hose and fire extinguishers to try and knock down the flames.
“The Blue Ocean eventually expended their fire extinguishers,” said Leger. “After a few seconds the fire re-flashed.”
Ultimately the boat sank but the moral of the story is how eager the maritime community is to help those in peril.