BOSTON (CBS) – A sailboat with nine passengers was struck by lightning at Castle Island, sparking a fire on the boat.

No injuries were reported. The passengers were later dropped off at Pier 6 in Charlestown.

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A sailboat was struck by lightning in Boston. (Photo credit: Jonathan Wiggs/The Boston Globe)

The Boston Fire Department responded to the incident around 2 p.m.

A small fire in the boat’s engine spread to other parts of the 60-foot boat, fire officials said.

“The smoke started billowing up, it came right up through the instrument panel,” recalled helmsman John McMann.

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According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the boat lost power so the radio was not working.

Passengers on board were able to signal to a nearby tugboat. The people on the tugboat then called 911.

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“It was a matter of minutes, I mean Boston Police and Boston Fire — bless them,” said John McMann. He feels lucky to be alive. “I’m going to go home to play the lottery.”