The Coast Guard rescued three boaters recently after their 60-foot boat caught fire about 30 miles east of Miami Beach. Fortunately, a Coast Guard cutter was on patrol not far away, and it rescued all three, uninjured.
The incident started about 3:20 on a clear afternoon, when the Coast Guard in Miami Beach received a VHF radio call from the owner of Family Time, a 60-foot yacht, saying that a fire had started in his engine room. The fire was spreading quickly, and the three men on board were going to abandon ship into a 23-foot tender.
At it happened, the Coast Guard Cutter Robert Yered was on patrol not far away, and its watchstanders saw black smoke from the burning boat on the horizon. The Robert Yered arrived at the scene at 3:25, and it picked up the men and returned them to shore. “Any time there is a maritime emergency, time is essential,” said Lt. Joshua Tucker, commanding officer of the cutter. Read more and see a Coast Guard video of the burning boat: