PORT CLINTON -- Coast Guard boatcrews rescued two adult men from a boat that caught fire on Lake Erie off the shore of West Harbor, Ohio, Wednesday afternoon.
At 3:27 p.m., a search-and-rescue-coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit received a call from a good Samaritan boater who reported that a boat was on fire with two people aboard.
A boatcrew, from Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309, located in Port Clinton, was in the vicinity conducting routine training along with two other unit boatcrews and responded to the scene within five minutes of receiving the call.
PSU 309 recently returned home from a three-month deployment to the Middle East, as part of Operation Enduring Freedom
The rescue boatcrew assisted the two men off the 38-foot pleasure craft and transferred them to shore.
Once on shore, the two rescued boaters declined medical attention. The Coast Guard is not releasing their names.
Two rescue boatcrews, aboard 33-foot Special Purpose Craft-Law Enforcement boats from Coast Guard Station Marblehead arrived on scene a short time later, but the fire had already burned itself out.
One of the Station Marblehead boatcrews carried four members of the Catawba Fire Department, who ensured the fire was out and assessed the situation.
A commercial salvage company towed the boat to Gem Beach Marina and was escorted there by one of the Station Marblehead boatcrews.