PORT CLYDE, Maine(NEWS CENTER) -- A Port Clyde fisherman is being credited with saving the lives of two fellow lobstermen after their boat caught fire four miles south of Port Clyde.
Gerry Cushman was out on the water Thursday morning at around 10 a.m. when he heard a distress call from the Miss Lynn.
The mayday call said there was an engine fire.
Cushman realized he was only about three miles away from the boat and he rushed to the area.
When he found the distressed vessel it was engulfed in flames and the two men aboard were at the tip of the boat with the fire just about a foot away.
They both jumped onto Cushman's boat moments before they would have had to jump into the freezing water.
The Coast Guard arrived a short time later and attempted to put out the fire but the boat sank into the ocean.
The Coast Guard praised the crew of the Miss Lynn for having a radio, emergency plan and survival suits.
They also commended Gerry Cushman and his crew for their quick efforts and successful rescue of the two lobstermen.