The men aboard the 32-foot boat Rod Buster reported an onboard fire to Watchstanders in the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth on Aug. 11, the Coast Guard said in a news release.
A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from Station Chincoteague launched to assist the boat, which was 14 miles northeast of Chincoteague. While they were en route, the mariners aboard the Rod Buster were able to put out the fire, but the boat was taking on water.
The Coast Guard rescued two men after they reported an onboard fire on their boat 14 miles northeast of Chincoteague Friday evening. (Photo: Coast Guard image)
“Thanks to the mariners having proper fire equipment onboard, they extinguished the fire, and prevented the situation from becoming much worse,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class Tyler Leighton, coxswain for the case.
Coast Guard members transferred a dewatering pump to the vessel and came aboard to plug a hole in the hull. The vessel was then towed back to Curtis Merritt Harbor in Chincoteague, where the vessel was safely moored, the Coast Guard said.