Earlier today, the City of Newport’s Fire Boat was called on to respond to a vessel fire roughly 2 miles south of Point Judith, according to the City of Newport.
According to the City, shortly after 11 a.m., Newport Fire Crews were dispatched through choppy seas for a report of a fishing vessel that had caught on fire.
Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Station Point Judith assisted Newport Firefighters by transporting 3 crewmembers from the 40-foot burning fishing boat in Narraganset Bay safely to shore, according to the City. By just after 1 p.m., the boat reportedly began to take on water and subsequently sank to a depth of approx. 105-feet.
A fishing vessel sinks after taking on water 2.5 nautical miles off the coast of Rhode Island, May 21, 2020. Coast Guard Station Point Judith rescue crews assisted the Narragansett Fire Department and rescued three people from the burning vessel. (U.S Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer First Class Mike Gagne)