Ten boats ablaze off Mandeville Island
By Bay City News
August 22, 2007
Ten vessels ranging from houseboats, to tug boats, sailing boats
and barges are reportedly burning off Mandeville Island east of
Antioch, and two more are threatened, according to the U.S. Coast
The fire was reported at 7:15 a.m., and the boats' owner remained
on one vessel despite the Coast Guard's attempts to rescue him.
"(The owner didn't) want to leave his boat," Coast
Guard Lt. Anya Hunter said.
The Coast Guard was the only unit on scene fighting the fires
since that area is not within the local fire department's jurisdiction,
"We only do fire fighting to save a life because we don't
have the resources to fight fires," Hunter said.
The man's 12 boats are tied up together and very close to the
land, according to Hunter.
Hunter said the owner was picked up by a friend and taken safely
to land. The Coast Guard lacks the proper resources to continue
battling the blaze now that the man is onshore, Hunter added.
"(But) we want to talk with him so we can figure out what
caused the fires," Hunter said.
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