Coast Guard: Partnerships vital to saving family in Scituate boat fire

SCITUATE, MASS. (WHDH) - The U.S. Coast Guard is crediting interagency cooperation with helping emergency responders rescue a family that was forced to jump into Scituate Harbor from their burning boat.

A couple and their three children were pulled from the water by a good Samaritan on Tuesday after their boat burst into flames while they were refueling in the harbor.

On Wednesday, Coast Guard Petty Officer Zachary Hupp said responders wouldn’t have been able to save the distressed boaters without help.

“The coordination with our partner agencies is vital in things like this,” Hupp said. “You know the Coast Guard, we work with our partner agencies to make sure that when events like these happen, that we can ensure the safety of our boating population.”

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