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CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. — The Coast Guard rescued two mariners after their boat caught fire 14 miles northeast of Chincoteague, Friday evening.

Watchstanders in the Sector Hampton Roads Command Center in Portsmouth received a call from two men aboard the 32-foot boat Rod Buster stating they had an onboard fire.

A 47-foot Motor Lifeboat crew from Station Chincoteague launched to assist. While en route, the mariners aboard the Rod Buster were able to extinguish the fire, but the boat was taking on water. 

Once on scene, Station Chincoteague personnel 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.

“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.

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