The captain of the 41-foot fishing vessel Jupiter sent out a call for assistance about 8:50 a.m. as commercial aircraft crew informed the First Coast Guard District command center in Boston that they saw smoke coming from a fishing vessel.
The crew of Coast Guard Cutter Oak, a 225-foot buoy tender, answered the Jupiter's call for help.
Within five minutes, the Oak's small boat crew had launched and arrived on-scene with fire extinguishers to help the fishermen put out the fire, according to the Coast Guard
A 42-foot boat crew from Station Chatham and a Hyannis Fire Boat crew then arrived on scene to assist, the Coast Guard said. The fire marshal inspected the vessel to make sure there was no chance of reflash, before the Chatham boat crew put the Jupiter in tow to bring back to Hyannis Harbor.
"While Aids-to-Navigation is our bread and butter, the Oak is a multi-mission platform," said Lt. j.g. Stephen Nolan, the operations officer for the Oak, in a statement. "It's not everyday we have the opportunity to save lives."
No injuries were reported.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Coast Guard Cutter Oak is a 225-foot Aids-to-Navigation buoy tender, homeported in Newport, Rhode Island. The crew services over 100 buoys in New England.