A boater whose vessel burst into flames Saturday night off Cedar Point was rescued by an off-duty Westport police official.
The fire in a 47-foot, 10-inch boat -- "Twosome," a Meridian craft based at Cove Marina in Norwalk -- was reported by several calls to "911" shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday, police said. Westport police marine units, assisted by firefighters, were dispatched to the scene.
However, Westport Police Capt. Sam Arciola was fishing nearby in his own boat. Accompanied by friend Don Saunders were first on the scene of the boat fire and assisted the lone occupant of Twosome onto Arciola's boat before the vessel in distress was fully involved in flames. The rescued boater was not injured, police said, and was transported to Compo Marine by Arciola.
Westport marine police, backed up by Norwalk police/fire and Coast Guard units, extinguished the fire down to the water line. Norwalk's Fire boat arrived on scene 8 minutes after receiving the call for assistance and bought the fire under control within 40 minutes. Norotons fire boat was also called to the scene and stood-by as a backup.
The fire is being investigated by the marine division.