Coast Guard rescue crews from Station Castle Hill along with a good samaritan rescued a man whose 38-foot boat had caught fire and was sinking near the entrance to the Sakonnet River at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
Watchstanders at Section Southeastern New England received a call via cell phone from the operator confirming that he was the only one onboard, had not sustained any injuries and was abandoning ship into his 8-foot dinghy.
Another boater arrived at the dinghy within 15 minutes and recovered the man who was later transferred to a 45-foot Coast Guard boat which took him to the station. He was evaluated by the Coast Guard EMT at the station who recommended no further medical treatment.
Several fire departments dispatched boats, among them Portsmouth and Middletown. The boat sank while firefighters were fighting the fire.
The boat, identified by the Coast Guard as a fiberglass Blackfin 38 named Black Jack, was homeported in Portsmouth. The Coast Guard is investigating the incident and did not disclose the name of the owner.