Boat catches fire in North Sound

A charter boat captain was injured in a Thursday afternoon fire aboard a vessel in the North Sound.

Royal Cayman Islands Police Inspector Brad Ebanks said flames on the 35-foot vessel were reported around 1.30pm by other craft in the area south of the Yacht Club channel.

Fire and rescue boats responded to the scene and helped extinguish the flames. The boat was ‘well burnt’ according to Cayman Islands Chief Fire Officer Roy Grant, and crews were unable to save the craft before it sank.

Two passengers on board the charter boat were taken onto other water craft before the burning ship sank. Witnesses on the scene said the boat’s captain suffered smoke inhalation while attempting to extinguish the flames. He was treated at hospital and released later that day.

It’s not been determined what caused the fire. RCIPS, the Fire Service, and the Maritime Authority were investigating the incident.

The Cayman Islands Port Authority said an area roughly 300 yards south-east of the channel entrance had to be marked off and lighted during the night Thursday. Port spokesman Joseph Woods said craft travelling in the North Sound were warned over the radios about the downed vessel.

It was unclear by press time whether the vessel could be removed.

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