First responders were alerted around noon about the blaze aboard the 38-foot vessel. The engine on the boat caught fire roughly 1.5 miles west of Block Island, and one person was on board, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
The person aboard the vessel was rescued by a good Samaritan, who helped him off the boat. He was then assisted by the Block Island Harbor Master, said Briana Carter, a petty officer for District 1 of the Coast Guard.
“There were no injuries reported,” Carter told MassLive.
The Coast Guard Cutter Coho vessel, alongside the Block Island Harbormaster and the Narragansett and Newport fire departments, responded to the scene of the blaze, according to Carter. The fire was initially extinguished by the operator of the vessel before he was assisted by the good Samaritan. However, flames soon erupted up again, authorities noted.
“Once it reignited, the Coho’s crew doused the vessel until Newport Fire and Narraganset Fire arrived on scene and were fully able to extinguish the vessel,” Carter said.
The boat was towed back to shore to Point Judith, a village on the coast of Narragansett, Rhode Island, according to Carter.
The Coast Guard did not say how damaged the boat was, but video of the fire showed a thick plume of black smoke and intense flames coming from the vessel.