2 rescued from burning sailboat off Rhode Island

Sakonnet Point, R.I. coast guard rescue_217789

LITTLE COMPTON, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Two people who abandoned a burning sailboat off Rhode Island have been rescued.

The Coast Guard says it received a radio distress call at about 4 p.m. Monday from the two-person crew on the 24-foot sailboat from Ottawa, Canada. The message said the boat was on fire about one mile south of Sakonnet Point.

A motor lifeboat crew from Coast Guard Station Castle Hill arrived on the scene and found the two people in an 8-foot life raft.

No injuries were reported.

The state Department of Environmental Management and local fire department marine units put out the fire.

“The crew of the sailboat was well prepared with a life raft and a handheld marine radio,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Andrew Stokes, the operations unit controller at Sector Southeastern New England’s command center. “Having those tools available ensured a safe rescue.”

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