Two men were rescued Tuesday after escaping from a burning lobster boat near Crane Island off Vinalhaven, said Coast Guard officials.

The roughly 30-foot boat was in shallow water close to shore when it caught fire about 1 p.m., and the men got off safely, said Chief Operations Specialist Aaron Clendaniel.


“From what I understand, it went up pretty quickly,” Clendaniel said.


The Maine Marine Patrol and Vinalhaven Fire and Rescue responded to the fire. A Coast Guard vessel could not get close because the water was too shallow.


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