Good Samaritans helped nine people escape a boat fire Thursday afternoon off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks, officials say.
Petty Officer Joshua Canup, of the U.S. Coast Guard, said a boat called the Twisted Tuna caught fire 18 miles southeast of Hatteras Inlet. A U.S. Coast Guard command center was alerted to the fire around 4:30 p.m. from a boat called Predator.
Canup said another boat called Brother’s Pride picked up the nine people — six passengers and three crew members — who were aboard the burning boat. The Twisted Tuna had sunk by the time U.S. Coast Guard crews arrived.
Canup said the crew of Brother’s Pride took the boaters to the Hatteras Village Marina.
No injuries were reported.