A boat has sunk off of Swartz Bay after it was destroyed by fire Friday afternoon. Dylan Carter, marine search and rescue co-ordinator with Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre Victoria, said three people were on board the 30-foot (nine metres) pleasure craft when they saw light smoke coming from their vessel in Shute Passage. They called 911 at 11:19 a.m. and said they were ready to leave the vessel in their kayaks. According to Carter, the three on board started seeing flames and were advised to abandon the boat. A fast rescue craft and lifeboat from Ganges were called out to the fire. A Parks Canada and local vessel also responded to the mayday call. At 11:30 a.m., the three people left the boat in their kayaks. They were picked up by the fast rescue craft and taken to Sidney. The boat was fully engulfed from the fire and smoke was seen on Piers Island and at Swartz Bay.