The U.S. Coast Guard's Merrimack River Station responded to a sport fishing boat out of Amesbury, Mass., with a possible fire on board nine nautical miles east of Hampton Beach in New Hampshire on Saturday morning.

The call came in around 7:50 a.m. from the 34-foot craft after an engine quit, according to Coast Guard officials.  A motor lifeboat responded and found the fire threat had passed and the crew worked with the vessel's captain to restart the engine.

The craft was towed back to the Merrimack River where the Newburyport Harbormaster's 25-foot response vessel escorted it back to Amesbury.

Ryan Hagerty on the Coast Guard's Facebook page thanked the station for their help.

The Coast Guard rescued three people from a 42-foot catamaran sailboat that flipped over 20 miles east of Portsmouth.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at or via Twitter @DanAlexanderNH

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