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Good Samaritan Vessel Rescues Three after Vessel Catches Fire

A Good Samaritan vessel rushed to the aid of a scallop vessel whose engine room had caught fire outside Barnegat early Sunday morning. The troubled vessel, an 80-foot vessel named The Captain OJ Riggs, was harvesting scallops when an engine fire caused all three onboard to deploy a life raft. One of the crew broadcasted a mayday call just before 3:25 a.m. Sunday. Luckily, a nearby vessel named Miss Peaches relayed the message to the United States Coast Guard before traveling to the vessel’s coordinates. The individuals onboard the Captain OJ Riggs were rescued and later transported to a Coast Guard Station Manasquan. No injuries were reported. The Captain OJ Riggs later split apart and sank around 11 a.m. that day.
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