Two rescued from boat fire off Sakonnet Point


By News Staff

Two people were rescued Monday evening after their sailboat caught fire off Sakonnet Point.

The U.S. Coast Guard received a distress call around 4 p.m. from the two-person crew of the Northern Phoenix, a 24-foot sailboat from Ottawa, Canada, saying that it was on fire.

By 4:30 p.m., the crew had abandoned the ship and were floating in a life raft where they were quickly picked up by the Coast Guard.

The Rhode Island Department on Environmental Management, North Kingstown Fire Department, and Warwick Fire Department marine units responded to the burning boat, and extinguished the flames.

No one was injured.

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