GLOUCESTER — The U.S. Coast Guard has released photos from today's rescue of 40 people after an engine fire was reported on the fishing charter vessel Yankee Patriot II off of Gloucester.

According to the Coast Guard, at around 8:40 a.m. on July 7, Coast Guard Station Gloucester received a call on an emergency channel that the Yankee Patriot II had a fire on board and was requesting immediate assistance.

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Three Coast Guard boats, including two 47-foot life boats and a smaller response boat, were launched for the rescue operation.

The Gloucester harbormaster also launched a vessel to assist.

Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard

Coast Guard crews safely transferred all 40 passengers onto the two life boats with no injuries reported.

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The passengers were taken back to Gloucester and all four response boats then escorted the Yankee Patriot II back to its home port at the pier in Gloucester.

According to a tweet from Coast Guard Northeast, the Yankee Patriot II used its port engine to return under its own power due to the fire in the starboard engine.

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