Quick thinking saves man on burning yacht

WESTPORT - An off-duty Westport police captain and his friend are being credited with saving a man from a burning yacht on the Long Island Sound.

Westport Police Capt. Sam Arciola and his friend Don Saunders, of Norwalk, say they were out fishing Saturday night when the engine of the 47-foot Meridian yacht caught fire and burst into flames.

The men raced over to the yacht and saved the boat's captain, who had dropped off six people a few minutes earlier.

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Trending Video

Officials say the incident happened around 2 a.m. 1 1 injured in Stamford shooting
Police say they are investigating a shooting in 2 Police: 22-year-old shot in Bridgeport
Police have arrested and charged the alleged suspect 3 Police arrest alleged suspect in Bridgeport shooting
News 12 asked viewers what they thought of 4 Connecticut Talks Trump: First 100 Days
Police say a Bridgeport man was shot multiple 5 Man shot multiple times in Bridgeport apartment complex

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Focus on Connecticut Focus on Connecticut

Features local, state and federal officials discussing the issues around southwestern Connecticut.

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut. Our Lives

Celebrates African-American culture in southwestern Connecticut.

Each week News 12 Connecticut introduces you to Hometown Hero

News 12 highlights people who give to the community.

We spotlight a local team each week. Connecticut Team of the Week

Each week News 12 Connecticut highlights a team from a local school.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE