Maine lobster boat burns at mooring

 

The Coast Guard responded to a boat fire Thursday morning off the coast of Jonesport, Maine.

 

Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory Langston fights the boat fire from the Coast Guard 29-foot response boat in Hopkins Point Marina in Jonesport, Maine on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. The was no one aboard at the time of the fire. USCG photo.

Steve Carver, the owner of the 32-foot lobster boat Bigger Dirls called watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Northern New England from shore shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday to report that his boat was ablaze at its mooring in Hopkins Point Marina. No one was aboard Bigger Dirls at the time.

A Coast Guard boat crew responded to fight the fire, and was later joined by the Jonesboro Fire Department, which arrived aboard the lobster boat Mama’s Monkey.

After the fire was extinguished, the boat was towed by a good Samaritan to shore at Hopkins Point Marina. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident.

Bigger Dirls was victorious in the Diesel E (336-435 horsepower, 24-33 feet) race at the Boothbay Harbor lobster boat races on on June 18.

 

2016 0908 BiggerDirls fire2 USCGFishing vessel Bigger Dirls on fire in Hopkins Point Marina in Jonesport, Maine on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. USCG photo.

 

 2016 0908 BiggerDirls fire3 USCGJonesport Fire Department fighting the boat fire from good Samaritan vessel Mama’s Monkey alongside the Coast Guard 29-foot response boat crew in Hopkins Point Marina in Jonesport, Maine on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016. USCG photo.

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Jessica Hathaway

Jessica Hathaway is the editor in chief of National Fisherman. She has been covering the fishing industry for 13 years, serves on the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute’s Communications Committee and is a National Fisheries Conservation Center board member.

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