OCEAN CITY, Md.— About 3 miles away from Ocean City, a 54-foot yacht burst into flames Thursday. All six passengers were forced to abandon ship.
The Coast Guard Maryland-National Capital Region command center received notification via VHF Ch. 16 from the owner of “No Filter” that the flames broke out on board, according to a recent press release.
Several other boats also made the notification.
Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast, according to the Coast Guard, and in moments launched a 47-foot motor lifeboat crew from the Ocean City station.
Crew members on a fishing vessel called “Smugglers Point” beat them to the scene, after overhearing the broadcast. The good Samaritans, as Coast Guard called them, safely recovered all six individuals.
Station Ocean City arrived on scene shortly after, bringing five of the rescued boaters back to the station. The owner of No Filter stayed behind to await Tow Boat U.S. crews and prepare to conduct salvage operations, according to the Coast Guard.
No injuries were reported to the Coast Guard, and all six boaters rescued were wearing life jackets.