Ocean City Today

Coast Guard, citizens rescue seven after boat fire off OC

By Brian Gilliland | Aug 24, 2017
Photo by: Coast Guard

(Aug. 25, 2017) The seven people aboard the vessel Hard Decision made the easy choice to abandon ship after an apparent electrical fire destroyed it last Friday morning.

The report of the fire was made by the vessel’s unidentified captain, who broadcast a distress call that was picked up by the Coast Guard and vessels within the vicinity.

The Coast Guard responded with an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a rescue boat from the Ocean City station, and an air support crew from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

However, multiple civilian boats were on the scene before the Coast Guard arrived, and found the Hard Decision engulfed in flames and seven people in the water.

The unidentified operator of the boat Unplugged had already pulled the people from the water when the Coast Guard arrived. The rescues were then transferred to the Coast Guard boat and returned to shore.

The Coast Guard reported that none of the seven people rescued required any kind of medical assistance. The Hard Decision was left to its fate, presumably sinking where it was left, according to the Coast Guard.

“This case was a great example of how important it is to have proper, working safety gear aboard your vessel,” Lt. Bradford Clark, search and rescue mission operator for the National Capital Region sector of Maryland, said. “The boaters were able to quickly notify our command center staff about their emergency and allowed us to alert boaters, near the stricken vessel’s location, who responded and provided assistance.”

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