A 48-foot charter fishing boat caught fire off the coast of Fort Lauderdale. Firefighters were battling the flames after a boat called “New Lattitude” caught fire about a mile from shore in the Atlantic Ocean. There were six people aboard the boat.
Authorities said good Samaritans aboard another charter boat called the Lady Pamela 2 picked up the passengers on the burning boat. Kate Barringer on Lady Pamela 2 said she saw one of the men try to jump on her boat, but he nearly got crushed between the two boats.
Firefighters arrived at the scene, and they extinguished the flames quickly. “The boat was completely engulfed in a fire all the way up to the flybridge, and all the people went out on the bow,” Capt. Gene Checchi said.
The Coast Guard remained at the scene with Sea Tow after the fire was extinguished to try to figure out how they were going to salvage the boat and contain a diesel fuel spill caused by the fire. Authorities said the fuel was being carried forth with the current.
According to Sea Tow, the boat has sunk to the bottom of the ocean, but it cannot be left there as it is a danger to navigation. A Canadian tourist said, “Oh my God, they wanted to kiss me, but I wouldn’t let them.”