Four people were rescued when their boat overheated, caught fire and began to sink on the Patapsco River Sunday morning.

Petty Officer Ryan Ketchum, spokesman for the U.S. Coast Guard's Baltimore office, said crews received a distress call at 11:08 a.m. Sunday, and "a good Samaritan" aboard the vessel "Venture" responded to rescue three adults and a child from a 30-foot Chris Craft. No injuries were reported, Ketchum said.

The incident occurred just north of Bodkin Creek. The boat, which was taking on water and beginning to slowly sink, was de-watered and towed by the Coast Guard to McCluskey Marina in Severna Park. A Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police vessel transported the boaters to the marina, as well.

Ketchum called the rescue "a pretty well-coordinated case" between the agencies.

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