The Coast Guard rescued four people Sunday after a boat’s engines caught fire near Fort Macon State Park. 

Carteret County law enforcement officers received the distress call from a person on the boat and notified the Coast Guard around 5:50 p.m.

The Coast Guard launched a 24-foot shallow water vessel from Station Fort Macon and recovered three people who were in the water and one who was still on the boat.

The Coast Guard took all four back to Fort Macon.

“When we arrived on scene, two of the three people in the water were wearing life jackets,” said Petty Officer 3rd Class James Sellers, the coxswain of the response boat. “Thinking that you can put on a life jacket right before you enter the water is dangerous. We recommend that you wear your life jacket while boating to be prepared in the event of an emergency.”