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Coast Guard rescues man after flames engulf boat in Delaware Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard pulled a man from the Delaware Bay after his 42-foot sport fisher, the Done Deal, was consumed by flames near a shipping channel.

A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued a man who jumped into the Delaware Bay after flames engulfed his boat Tuesday, officials said.

The 42-foot sport fisher, the Done Deal, caught fire near the Delaware Bay’s main shipping channel around 11 a.m., the Coast Guard said.

A good Samaritan reported the incident and provided updates to officials as a Coast Guard crew raced to the burning boat. 

The good Samaritan said the boat was fully engulfed and that the vessel’s sole occupant had reached the bow. At some point, the man jumped into the water.

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The Coast Guard response boat arrived and pulled the man from the bay. 

Other vessels arrived from the Downe Township Fire and Rescue in New Jersey and the Little Creek Fire Company in Delaware and extinguished the fire.

The victim was taken ashore to New Jersey for treatment, but no medical concerns were reported other than possible smoke inhalation.

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"It is important to highlight the teamwork involved in ensuring the safe recovery of the boater and extinguishing the fire," said Lt. Cmdr. Kevin Higgins. "The efficient and fast communications from everyone involved, especially from the good Samaritan, were critical in saving this man’s life today." 

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Coast Guard marine environmental responders are monitoring for environmental concerns. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

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