NEW INFO: Two Boaters Rescued After Yacht Fire

The Coast Guard has released new information regarding a boat fire over the weekend.

Coast Guard officials say they got a call around 2 p.m. Sunday that there was a fire in the engine room aboard a 65-foot yacht in the Pungo River near Belhaven. An MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station Elizabeth City and a crew from Coast Guard Station Hobucken aboard a 25-foot boat responded.

A rescue swimmer from the helicopter assisted two boaters from the yacht to a good Samaritan's vessel, the Janie B. The two from the yacht were eventually taken to shore.

The fire was already out when crew-members from Ponzer Volunteer Fire and Rescue and Bath Fire Department arrived on scene and shut off the fuel to the engine room.

The boat's owner hired a company to tow the yacht to shore.

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  • by Petty Officer 3rd Class Location: Coast Guard Public Affairs Portsmouth, Va. on Sep 5, 2011 at 02:05 PM
    Coast Guard Public Affairs supplied news media with a press release from its initial reports. Included in the report is that Engelhard is the nearest large city/landmark to the incident location, which was the ICW. Since the information is relayed from a helicopter on scene, to a command center and then to the public affairs office where it’s compiled into a release in Portsmouth, Va., sometimes there are inaccuracies. The information relayed was that the Belhaven Fire Dept. was on scene. The Coast Guard has disseminated a corrected release stating that crewsmembers of Ponzer Volunteer Fire and Rescue from Belhaven, N.C. were the ones who responded. Thank you to all the responders and to Ponzer Fire Fighter, who focused on the fact that they all did a great job. Thanks to WITN for caring about responders and stories such as this. The corrected release can be found here:
  • by I say Location: my house on Sep 5, 2011 at 09:38 AM
    never let facts get in the way of a good story.
  • by Ponzer Fire Fighter Location: Ponzer on Sep 5, 2011 at 08:56 AM
    Bath Fire Dept also responded to assist coast guard, Ponzer Fire Dept and Wildlife officers. Thanks to all who responded and great job!!
  • by someone on Sep 5, 2011 at 07:03 AM
    Again, WITN does not give the right city..this was in the town of Ponzer at the Walter. B Jones Bridge!!! Engelhard is nowhere near this location! Where did u get ur information. I guess Hyde County it doesn't matter right WITN!!?????
  • by Dave Location: LA on Sep 5, 2011 at 06:20 AM
    FIRST ON WITN: Incorrect information compiled into a misleading news story....
  • by JC Location: Ponzer on Sep 5, 2011 at 04:36 AM
    How can we trust you to give us accurate news if you can't get simple stories like this correct.
  • by JC Location: Ponzer on Sep 5, 2011 at 04:31 AM
    It was the Ponzer Fire Dept not the Belhaven Dept that responded to this call. We did not put the fire out, it was out when we arrived. We just shut the fuel off in the engine room.
  • by Tony Location: ENC on Sep 4, 2011 at 07:49 PM
    The ICW is 30 miles from Engelhard WITN! Belhaven is 45 miles from Engelhard!

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