A man operating a lobster vessel off Crane Beach in Ipswich was uninjured after he jumped into the water when his boat caught fire Friday morning, the Coast Guard said.
The unidentified man’s boat, the 1977 28-foot wood-hulled Dawn Breaker, caught fire at 9:30 a.m. for reasons still under investigation, Coast Guard spokesman Robb Ruddell said. The man tried to put out the fire with a fire extinguisher but jumped into the water after it worsened, he said.
Officials said the man handled the emergency adeptly. Once he realized he could not control the fire, he radioed a mayday to the Coast Guard, put on his survival suit, grabbed a waterproof bag with supplies, and held on to a portable radio.
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