The Coast Guard has not released the names of the men involved in the incident.
A search and rescue coordinator at Coast Guard Sector Detroit got a cell phone call from a good Samaritan boater at 3:27 p.m. Wednesday who said a nearby boat was on fire with two people aboard.
A boat crew from Coast Guard Port Security Unit 309, which recently returned from deployment in the Middle East as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, was in the vicinity conducting training with two other boat crews.
The crews responded within five minutes to the area of the burning vessel, where they assisted the two men off the 38-foot pleasure craft and transferred them to shore.
The men were not hurt in the incident.
Two additional rescue boat crews, one carrying four members of the Catawba Fire Department, arrived a short time later. By then the fire had burned itself out, but the Catawba firefighters assessed the damaged and made sure the fire was cleared.
The boat was taken by a commercial salvage vessel to Gem Beach Marina.
“While search and rescue may not be our main mission as a port security unit, we always stand ready as Coast Guardsmen to respond to any of the Coast Guard’s 11 statutory missions,” said Cmdr. Gerald Nauert, commanding officer of Port Security Unit 309, said in a statement.