Fire sinks boat in Nanoose marina

Fire sinks boat in Nanoose marina
Robert Holzmann
A fire engulfs a boat at Schooner Cove in Nanoose Sunday

One boat has sunk at a Nanoose marina, after a fire fully engulfed the vessel Sunday.

The Nanoose Bay Volunteer Fire Department says just before 5 p.m. they responded to reports of smoke coming from a boat at Schooner Cove.

When they arrived crews say heavy smoke started pouring out of the Tollycraft powerboat.

The distance from the road to the dock meant it was difficult for crews to run water lines.

“It’s quite the distance to run lines, It’s a long run,” said Denis Holme, a training officer from the department.

The fire deputy and captain who showed up first realize the distance quickly sprung in to action. They grabbed nearby fire extinguishers and tried to contain the blaze.

They then moved the boat to a safer spot, before it sunk.

“Once that fiberglass [hull] heats up, it goes down,” said Holme.

A neighboring sailboat did suffer some damage.

“Another boat did have some blistering,” he added.

The marina did quickly use a spill kit once it sunk, while emergency crews set up an oil boom.

No-one was on-board the boat, or injured during the incident. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Robert Holzmann

Robert Holzmann


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