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Sault Ste Marie Coast Guard Rescues Two From Burning Boat

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U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Kerr U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Joseph Kerr

The US Coast Guard rescued two people from a burning boat Thursday morning on St. Mary's River near Sugar Lake.

Around 9:10 AM, Sault Ste Marie Coast Guard heard a distress call via VHF-FM channel 16 that a 17-foot pleasure craft was consumed in flames. 

Coast Guard was on the scene within minutes of the distress call. 

The two boaters were rescued before they had to enter the water. 

Cmdr. Richard Kavanaugh, Chief of Response at Sector Sault Ste. Marie said, "I'm proud of our Coast Guard crews who arrived on scene within minutes of the initial distress call preventing a bad situation from getting worse."

Also on the scene was a Customs and Border Protection boatcrew who assisted in keeping a safety zone around the burning vessel while a fire boatcrew from the Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada Fire Department put the flames out. 

The Coast Guard removed the boat from the navigable waterway.  

The owner of the boat is working with a commercial salvage company to take the boat out of the water. 

The cause of the fire is unknown, and there were no injuries or pollution reported.