ROCKLAND – Two crew members were rescued from a Canadian tugboat after a fire broke out on a barge it was pushing off the Maine coast.

The Coast Guard says it received a distress call at about 10:15 Thursday night from the crew of the Everlast, a 108-foot tugboat that was 20 miles off the coast of Rockland.

According to Coast Guard Petty Officer Etta Smith, two crew members were injured when the fire broke out in the barge’s boiler room. The Coast Guard sent a helicopter to the scene and carried the two crew members to the mainland, where they were taken to a hospital.

The barge was carrying asphalt and was en route from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to Virginia.

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