A 35-foot boat caught fire and sank Saturday in the North East River, according to state Natural Resources Police.

The owner of the cabin cruiser, a Pennsylvania man, was preparing for a coming storm when he saw his boat was on fire about 12:30 p.m., said police spokeswoman Candy Thomson. Firefighters from Susquehanna Hose Co. in Havre de Grace extinguished the fire, but the boat sank before it could be towed to shore, she said.

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Natural resources police recovered a 200-gallon fuel tank from the craft, but the wreckage remained at the mouth of the river near Cara Cove, Thomson said. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified, she said.

The man and his dog were rescued by another boater, she said.

An earlier version of this article incorrectly described who extinguished the fire. The Sun regrets the error.

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