Three Escape Boat That Caught Fire Off Gardiner's Island

Three people are safe after being rescued from a burning boat near Gardiner's Island Friday afternoon. David Blinken Photos

Good Samaritans rescued three people from a burning boat in Gardiner's Bay on Friday afternoon around 2:20, the Coast Guard said.

A 28-foot Formula speedboat caught fire south of Gardiner's Island, near Cartwright Island, according to Coast Guard Petty Officer Steve Strohmaier. Ed Michels, the East Hampton Town harbormaster, said the boat was near Buoy 12, in the south channel. 

A passer-by told marine officials that the engine had caught fire, but the Coast Guard had not yet determined the cause.

People on Jet Skis picked up the boaters and took them to shore, the Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported. 

Shelter Island Fire Department volunteers helped extinguish the fire from a department boat. 

David Blinken