No-one seriously hurt when boat erupts into flames at South Harbor Village Marina

Oak Island crews responded to and controlled the fire.
Oak Island crews responded to and controlled the fire.(WECT)
Published: Feb. 28, 2022 at 8:56 AM EST
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OAK ISLAND, N.C. (WECT) - Fire and rescue crews responded to a boat fire at the South Harbor Village Marina just before midnight on Sunday, Feb. 28.

You can watch the mast fall in the user submitted video above and see the footage provided by Oak Island Water Rescue below.

Responding boats included a USCG Boat, a TowBoat US, and a SFD Boat 390. The United States Coast Guard Station in Oak Island, several fire departments and Brunswick County EMS coordinated to properly respond to the fire.

Oak Island Water Rescue crews also responded with a boat and a drone to get a good handle on the boat’s status and possible risks.

“We were able to assist them with our drone so they could get a better picture of how far the boat was from the surrounding marshes. We were worried about the marsh catching on fire and then we have another incident, so luckily we were able to provide the right footage for them from the drone,” said Oak Island Water Rescue Chief Peter Grendze.

Fires this big on the water are something the agencies don’t get all that often.

The 40-45 foot sailboat was completely consumed by flames. According to a Town of Oak Island media release, the fire was controlled after about two hours.

A person who may have been the boat’s owner was treated for smoke inhalation by Brunswick County EMS after attempting to stop the fire, and pushing the boat away from the other boats and the marina’s fuel docks. No other injuries have been reported.

The sailboat’s wreckage sunk Sunday night and remains in the intracoastal waterway.

Officials are expected to survey the damage Tuesday and determine a plan to remove the remaining debris from the waterway.

Just prior to midnight Oak Island Water Rescue was dispatched to assist Oak Island Fire Department with a boat fire at the South Harbor Village Marina. OIWR responded with Boat 4490 and positioned to launch from the Wildlife Boat Ramp on Fish Factory Rd. With the USCG Boat, TowBoat US, and SFD Boat 390 on scene, we did not need to launch 4490. We did launch our drone to get an aerial view of the boat and surrounding area. This information/drone video was helpful to the Incident Commander in determining the boat’s position and distance from other potential exposures. Numerous agencies including USCG Station Oak Island, multiple mutual aid fire departments and BC EMS assisted. The strong partnership between the agencies provided for a coordinated response tonight. This video shows OIFD/SFD firefighters on the 29’ Small Response Boat from Coast Guard Station Oak Island.

Posted by Oak Island Water Rescue on Sunday, February 27, 2022

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