We were in the boat
yesterday when we saw a huge plume of black smoke coming from just
west of the Coast Guard station so we decided to go see what was up.
A small “go-fast” boat
(I'm not sure of the actual name for this type of boat. Some people
call them cigarette boats but around here they're known as go- fast
boats) was completely engulfed in flames near the shore.
There were a lot of boats
around but we realized the boat we'd anchored next to was where the
owner of the boat on fire and his two kids had taken refuge.
Luckily, they were the
only ones aboard and none of them were injured.
I don't know what happened
but it didn't end well for the boat.
Destin Fire Rescue, the
Okaloosa Sheriff's boat and the Coast Guard were already on scene
when we got there and were soon followed by Niceville's Fire Rescue
Sea Tow showed up and the
Captain spent a while talking to the boat owner so hopefully he's a
member because the cost of removing that boat will be astronomical.
It took them quite a while
to put the fire completely out.
I'm really glad everyone
is ok but it sure is sad to watch that happen to someone's boat.