2 rescued after lobster-style boat catches fire near U.S.-Canadian border

Neither man had injuries. Both wore life jackets.

EASTPORT, Maine (AP) — Maine Marine Patrol says it has rescued two men whose aquaculture boat had caught fire.

Marine Patrol Officer Brian Brodie rescued Brett Newman and Patrick Blair Friday afternoon from Passamaquoddy Bay. Their 40-foot lobster-style boat caught fire while supplying feed for Cooke Aquaculture’s sites in the bay, which lies on the U.S.-Canadian border.

A routine patrol spotted the Canadian residents Newman and Blair paddling aboard a life raft. Newman and Blair had noticed smoke and flames from the engine room five minutes before Brodie found them.

Neither man had injuries. Both wore life jackets.

The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the boat, which quickly engulfed in flames and drafted into nearby whirlpools.