Boat Catches Fire Near Wellesley Island


A boat caught fire near Wellesley Island Thursday morning, according to a statement from the Coast Guard.

The boaters used a fire extinguisher to put out the fire, just as a rescue boat arrived a few minutes after 8 a.m. The boat was in the American narrows, according to the statement.

“If the boaters had not had a fire extinguisher and a form of communication aboard their vessel, this could have turned out much worse,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Dan Kelly, officer-of-the-day at the Coast Guard's Alexandria Bay station.

“They were fortunate that the fire only required one extinguisher. They did not have the required number of extinguishers for the size of vessel they were on, so we want to remind boaters to ensure they have all the right equipment and the proper quantities, which can be easily resolved be getting a free vessel safety check before you hit the water,” Kelly said in the statement.

The rescue boat crew from the Alexandria Bay station, aboard a 25-foot response boat, towed the boat to Keewaydin State Park where they moored safely and were met by the local fire department as a precaution.

 No injuries or pollution was reported. The cause of the fire is unknown.

Sunday, December 4, 2016
, Watertown, NY

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