Dramatic footage of burning sportfish

Published online: Nov 12, 2010 News Scott Croft - BoatUS
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Dear Friends:

Sometimes no matter what you do, a day on the water doesn't turn out the way you planned.  I want to share some video footage of an incident that occurred yesterday on the ICW in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

Capt. Clayton Tieman of TowBoatUS Tampa Bay arrived on the scene of a large sportfish engulfed in flames, and took these nine short video clips:

http://www.youtube.com/user/tiemanwc#p/u/8/cX-j2exr3Bs

Tieman's arrival was less than five minutes after the time of the mayday call, yet the vessel's deck was already hot enough to burn the mate's feet before Tieman was able to evacuate the captain and mate to the TowBoatUS vessel. After discovering the fire, the crew had done everything right by immediately issuing a mayday call with precise location information, set anchor, and attacked with every available extinguisher.

Yet it wasn't enough.

Are you ready for a day like this on the water? What is the condition and location of your fire extinguishers or other firefighting equipment? And most importantly, are you ready to abandon your boat in a moment's notice? Are your survival gear, life jackets and valuables within arm's reach?

Just some things I hope you think about.

Here's some more information on the subject:

-Top six causes of boat fires:
http://www.boatus.com/seaworthy/fire/default.asp

-Everything you ever wanted to know about fighting boat fires:
www.boatus.org/onlinecourse/reviewpages/boatusf/PDF_files/info6b.pdf

Kindest, 
Scott Croft 
BoatUS Public Relations 
SCroft@BoatUS.com 
703-461-2864

PS. In the fifth video of the series you can hear ammunition that was stored aboard the vessel igniting.

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