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Capecodder 03-10-2018 07:18 PM

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

Larry M 03-10-2018 08:14 PM


GFC 03-10-2018 08:20 PM

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?

angus99 03-10-2018 11:04 PM

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.

Donna 03-11-2018 07:10 AM

Scares the heck out of me whenever anything like this happens. Hoping for a full recovery for the injured.

Moonstruck 03-11-2018 07:27 AM

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.

Capecodder 03-11-2018 08:00 AM

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.

psneeld 03-11-2018 08:10 AM

Pretty gutsy on Last Mango crew's part.

angus99 03-11-2018 08:30 AM

Damn! Iíll say that was gutsy. The FB post says there were no injuries, but the media account says otherwise.

Mule 03-11-2018 08:31 AM

So that was where the smoke was coming from looking South from the pavilion at Harbortown.

Donna 03-11-2018 08:35 AM


Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 644033)
Pretty gutsy on Last Mango crew's part.

Gutsy would have been attending to the injured. Life before possessions.

angus99 03-11-2018 08:40 AM


Originally Posted by Donna (Post 644042)
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?

Donna 03-11-2018 09:16 AM

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.

sunchaser 03-11-2018 10:59 AM

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?

Woodland Hills 03-11-2018 11:30 AM

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?

High Wire 03-11-2018 11:54 AM

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.

CaptTom 03-11-2018 12:01 PM

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!

O C Diver 03-11-2018 01:20 PM

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?


High Wire 03-11-2018 01:31 PM

It seems in today's world its more important to get a video.:nonono:

psneeld 03-11-2018 01:55 PM


Originally Posted by Woodland Hills (Post 644102)
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 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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