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Old 03-10-2018, 07:18 PM   #1
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Boat fire at Fort Pierce City Marina

Boat fire at Fort Pierce City Marina, saw video fire out one boat totaled another some damage. Two people burned in boat fire at Ft. Pierce City Marina | WTVX
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:14 PM   #2
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:20 PM   #3
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Lots of questions at this point but from the size of the boat I'd guess it was gas and that begs the question: Did they run the blowers before turning over the key?
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Geez, looks like it’s the slip next to Last Mango (at least that’s his dockbox) . . . a friend of Moonstruck’s. It looks from another photo that LM’s slip is empty, so hopefully he was out on a charter. Thoughts and prayers for the two who weren’t so lucky.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:10 AM   #5
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Scares the heck out of me whenever anything like this happens. Hoping for a full recovery for the injured.
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Old 03-11-2018, 08:27 AM   #6
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Very good catch, Ian. That is Moonstruck's old slip next to Last Mango. It did look like Last Mango was out on charter. Lucky for Capt. Tris. He takes care of his boat like it's a prized vintage Ferrari. Prayers for the two victims.
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:00 AM   #7
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On Facebook Dockwa posted an almost full length video. A larger boat is hauling ass to get out of the slip next to the burning boat.
https://www.facebook.com/Dockwa/vide...3193511636051/
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Pretty gutsy on Last Mango crew's part.
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Damn! Iíll say that was gutsy. The FB post says there were no injuries, but the media account says otherwise.
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Old 03-11-2018, 09:31 AM   #10
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So that was where the smoke was coming from looking South from the pavilion at Harbortown.
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Pretty gutsy on Last Mango crew's part.
Gutsy would have been attending to the injured. Life before possessions.
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Gutsy would have been attending to the injured. Life before possessions.
Definitely agree life before possessions, Donna, but are you assuming they werenít already being attended to?
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Yes, I am assuming that from the video. It’s just how I am from our family background in law enforcement and first responders.

Nobody loves their boat more than I love mine, but it can be replaced.

My avatar pic was taken at fort pierce city marina.
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Seems like the boat that left was pretty smart. Injured appear removed before boat left. Are there dock mounted fire hoses in place at this marina?
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What if you don't know how to attend to the injured, but you do know how to move a boat? What is the best thing to do: sit and hold the hand of a burn victim and watch the fire spread to the next boat?
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Ten minutes from the start of the dockwa video until water applied. The Viking was really lucky its interior window curtains did not catch fire. I was surprised no one used a dock hose in any way. A simple garden hose will put out a lot of fire if applied early. It would not extinguish this blaze but could stop or at least slow down the spread to others.
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I'm not ready to second-guess anyone's decision. And getting other boats away from the flames so the whole marina doesn't go up is a pretty high priority. Certainly not higher than saving a life, but in some situations saving the marina could actually save a lot more lives.

Very sad at any rate. I had a close friend in a burn unit for weeks. Not something I'd wish on anybody!
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I watched the video and kept wondering why a municipal facility of this size, that pumps gasoline & Diesel, could have hundreds maybe a thousand people on property , and yet has no one to respond to something like this (even just during normal business hours). While I'm not looking for the marina to have a fire department, if they are required to have fire extinguishers, hydrants on the docks and other suppression equipment, shouldn't they have a few cross trained people who could start suppression until the cavalry shows up? Wonder if a facility of that size has a requirement for any employees with CPR and basic first aid training?

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It seems in today's world its more important to get a video.
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What if you don't know how to attend to the injured, but you do know how to move a boat? What is the best thing to do: sit and hold the hand of a burn victim and watch the fire spread to the next boat?
I have a fair amount of experience wirh marina fires from 2 professions.

1. If you cant administer first aid, get the people who need it to first aid or away from potential explosions. Most people will do that, most wont run towards the fire and minimize other potential dangerous situations.

2. Cut boats on either side of the fire free as soon as possible, deal with them downwind secondarily.

3. Once a boat is fully or even partially engulfed, usually only some form of professional equipment with foam will extinguish it.

4. If the boats on either side of it are gone and pro firefighting gear is still a distance away.... if some dumb goober like me will tow it out of the marina, you still have to be careful the towline doesnt burn through and it drifts into other boats. So the next best thing is pull it into the fairway with multiple lines until real help arrives.

5. If water in great amounts is available and you dont have foam or professional expertise, pump water (from a safe distance) on nearby slips to prevent heat damage until things get better.

6. Most boat catch fire from DC electrical issues more so than fuel....so it can happen at any time, not just when someone is aboard messing around. In cold snaps, boats with cabins may burn from lousy heating setups and power cords.
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