September 2, 2013

Four people, dog rescued from burning boat in Casco Bay

The fire broke out on a 39-foot cabin cruiser off Portland Head Light.

By Beth Quimby
Staff Writer

A good Samaritan boater pulled four people and a dog off a burning boat in Casco Bay Sunday afternoon.

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A boat burns in Portland Harbor on Sunday afternoon. Four people and a dog were rescued.

Terry O'Brien photo

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Heavy black smoke billows from a burning boat Sunday afternoon in Portland Harbor. Four people and a dog were rescued by a good Samaritan. No one was hurt.

Photo by Rachel Piper

Coast Guard Chief Matt Burt said no one was hurt in the incident off Portland Head Light in Cape Elizabeth.

The fire broke out shortly before 1 p.m. on a 39-foot Sea Ray Sundancer powerboat. A boater reported the fire to the Coast Guard, which responded to the scene, while another boater rescued the occupants of the burning boat.

The names of the boaters were not immediately available.

Burt said the Portland Fire Department and Portland harbormaster have created a safety zone around the boat.

Heavy black smoke could be seen billowing from the boat at one point.

The cause of the fire is not yet known, Burt said.

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