The U.S. Coast Guard responded to reports of a possible fire Sunday on the yacht of the retired doctor arrested for bringing drugs, weapons and prostitutes on board, leaving Nantucket locals who heard the distress call in stitches.
“We just heard it on the radio. We started laughing about it,” said a fisherman who was about 30 miles offshore with friends when the alert was broadcast about 69-year-old Scott Anthony Burke’s 82-foot yacht, the Jess Conn.
“We thought, ‘Oh, he’s burning the evidence,’” the Nantucket native told the Post, requesting anonymity because of how small the island community is.
“We thought, ‘Oh, he’s getting into trouble, so he’s burning the evidence and we’re going to come back and he’ll have blown up the ship in the harbor and it’ll be a nightmare.'”
The Coast Guard Outpost Nantucket confirmed they were dispatched to the Jess Conn around 4 p.m. Sunday after a woman on board called to report a fire after seeing smoke.
Officials quickly determined that the smoke was simply exhaust from the ship itself and told The Post that it was “nothing out of the ordinary.”
Burke’s yacht has remained anchored in Nantucket Harbor since police discovered cocaine, ketamine and at least two guns and ammunition on board while responding to reports that a woman had overdosed on Tuesday.
Scott Anthony Burke, the retired Florida surgeon, faces weapons and drug charges related to an incident on his yacht. Boston Globe via Getty Images
The U.S. Coast Guard responded Sunday to reports of a possible fire on the yacht of the retired doctor arrested for having drugs, weapons and prostitutes on board. New York Post
The former spine doctor, married and father of two who lives in Florida, was handcuffed and charged with weapons and drug trafficking.
He was taken into custody and released after posting his full $200,000 bail approximately a day later.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges during a court appearance Wednesday.
The fisherman called Burke a “fucking weirdo” but said the Jess Conn had been a “peaceful” and “discreet” boat before the arrest.
Others around the port also said there had been no disturbances coming from the Jess Conn before the incident.
“They were very discreet before they were arrested,” said one fisherman who asked to remain anonymous.
Officials quickly determined that the smoke was simply exhaust from the ship itself and told The Post that it was “nothing out of the ordinary.” Boston Globe via Getty Images
People have been seen in Jess Conn all weekend, but it is unclear if Burke has returned to them after posting bail or if he is on the island.
The fisherman said he saw two men sitting on the back porch on Saturday.
“They were sitting in the back with hats and glasses. Just two people sitting in the shadows,” he told The Post.
One of them matched Burke’s constitution, but he said that was not very strong evidence that it was him.
“He looks like most millionaires around here. “It seems like they have been eating in restaurants for the last thirty years,” the fisherman said. “A lot of alcohol, a lot of salt, a lot of cream.”