July 13, 2020

Boat fire off Owls Head blamed on faulty heater

OWLS HEAD — A faulty heater was blamed for a boat fire in Owls Head Harbor on Wednesday morning.

The Rockland Coast Guard base reported that the fire was discovered at 8 a.m. aboard the 36-foot fishing vessel Judith Ann, owned by Robert McMahan of Rockland. The Coast Guard sent a 41-foot rescue boat to the scene, where McMahan was fighting the fire with an extinguisher and buckets of water.

The Coast Guard boat crew assisted in fighting the fire, then towed the boat to Rockland, where it will be hauled out to assess damages.

No injuries were reported in the incident.

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