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Nantucket fishermen rescued after engine room fire

Two Nantucket Sound fisherman escaped injuries after a fire in their engine room on the morning of May 11. The Coast Guard heard about the fire on the F/V Jupiter from two sources at the same time: they received a radio call from the boat's captain as well as a report from an aircraft crew that saw smoke from above.

The nearby Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a buoy tender, responded to the 41-foot vessel within five minutes, according to a Coast Guard press release. They were able to extinguish the fire and ensure that neither of the two fishermen on board was injured. Another Coast Guard boat and a local fire boat also arrived to help.

The local fire marshal made sure there was no danger of the fire reigniting, and then the smaller Coast Guard boat towed the fishing vessel back to Hyannis Harbor on Cape Cod. The Coast Guard is currently investigating what caused the fire.

It's not surprising that many boat fires begin in engine rooms, where there are many possible sources of fuel and ignition for a fire. Tightly enclosed engine rooms can be especially hazardous if they are not properly ventilated.

In the case of the Nantucket fire, the fishermen escaped injury by alerting the Coast Guard right away - and being fortunate in having aid available nearby. It's a good reminder to radio for help as soon as possible after you see smoke or fire, whether on your own vessel or another vessel nearby.

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