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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