Coast Guard Responds to Shrimp Trawler on Fire

Coast guard officials say they responded to a call of a 47 foot shrimp trawler named "Miss Melodie" on fire around 1:30pm Sunday afternoon.

They say it happened off the Crystal Coast near the Seagate Community. They say when they arrived on scene the two people that had been on the boat were safely on the shore.

Crews say it took several hours to put out the fire, and that at one point the boat was completely engulfed in flames. They say the vessel sunk, and there now are booms marking where it is, while crews try and recover it.

No word yet on what started the fire. Multiple fire departments and the coast guard were on the scene.


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  • by eric Location: newport on Aug 3, 2010 at 10:21 AM
    MAN SORRY FOR YOUR LOSE. I HAVE THE MISS CHARLOTTE FROM BROAD CREEK,I WORK EVERY DAY TO TRY TO MAKE A LIVEING AND SO HARD TO DO... WISH I CANT HELP. BUT MONEY IS LOW HERE .HOPE YOU GET A BOAT SOON SO YOU CAN GO BACK TO WORK .WILL BE PRAYING FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. LET YOU KNOW .. GODS GOOD ALL THE TIME..IF I CAN HELP BY GIVEING YOU SOME SHRIMP TO EAT EMAIL I WILL BE GLAD TO HELP SOME.. redbird171717@yahoo.com
  • by True on Aug 2, 2010 at 09:12 PM
    I was a commercial fisherman for 10 years. I got out while there was still a market for my equipment. Lighting a match was a consideration but I found a better way.
  • by Anonymous2 Location: ENC on Aug 2, 2010 at 08:38 PM
    Thanks to everyone but "True". The "some guy" is my cousin. As far as I know, he's a hardworking honest man with a wife and 2 children--and now out of work. I appreciate most folks not jumping to conclusions. He's got a tough road to go now, but thank God, neither he nor his helper got hurt and he has a good family support system already in place.
  • by I'm just sayin' on Aug 2, 2010 at 06:55 AM
    Not sure why this phrase has gotten popular lately, but it is just ignorant. We understand what your saying. Adding that tag line doesn't make your comment any more intelligent!
  • by Ruby Location: Greenville on Aug 2, 2010 at 06:46 AM
    Ever think that engines can erupt in fire by themselves? There is such a thing as a malfunctioning engine. Goshdamighty, do you drive a car? If your car engine caught on fire, I'd like to see people assume you started it for insurance $$ or you had a "meth lab" in it. How ridiculous.
  • by Billy Location: Choco on Aug 2, 2010 at 06:21 AM
    Mobile Meth Lab? Insurance fire? The craziest comment board on the web gets get crazier. Some guy just lost a boat that his livelihood depends on and some people's imaginations run wild. Don't you have anything better to do? These poor commercial fishermen can barely make ends meet and folks want to insinuate the worst.
  • by Anonymous Location: ENC on Aug 1, 2010 at 08:28 PM
    Why on earth would you think it was a mobile meth lab just because it caught on fire? There are many things that could have caused this fire. I do not understand why people always think the worse in situations like this.
  • by True on Aug 1, 2010 at 08:21 PM
    Been seeing a lot of these lately. Gas is high, catch is low, payments and life continue…..sometimes you got to light a match….if he has insurance he set it…if he does not….just bad luck…isn’t that bad that we think like this?
  • by tug Location: New Bern on Aug 1, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    Unfortunately, somebody has lost their livelihoods. On top of that the USCG will fine them for the fuel in the tanks that is now leaking out. Adding insult to injury. All though I doubt it, I hope they had insurance. At least nobody got hurt.
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