Rescue at sea off Cape May

March 17, 2009 4:48:37 PM PDT
Three fisherman were rescued at sea after their boat started taking on water, then burst into flames.It happened around 6:40 a.m. Tuesday in the water 30 miles off the coast of Cape May, New Jersey.

The fishing boat "Miss Dollie" put out a distress call to the Coast Guard, saying they were taking on water and the pump could not keep up.

A rescue boat and helicopter were dispatched.

That's where a good samaritan comes in.

The "Amy Marie," out of Cape May, was just 3 and a half miles away fishing for scallops when the mayday went out. They arrived in about 45 minutes to find the "Miss Dollie" on fire from a shorting out generator, and about to sink.

The three fisherman evacuated onto a life raft, and paddled to the "Amy Marie," which took them to shore.

WEB EXTRA VIDEO: Coast Guard videotapes the rescue at sea.

The coast guard rescue team in now investigating this near tragedy at sea. The "Miss Dollie" was a 57 foot boat, in service for more than 40 years.

The preliminary read is a piece of equipment punch a hole in the hull.

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