3 rescued from burning boat off Nanaimo shore

By NanaimoNewsNOW Staff
September 27, 2018 - 2:12pm

The personal craft ended up on the beach at Neck Point still ablaze.submitted/Rod Grounds

Firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard are at Neck Point taking down a boat fire which required three people to be rescued.submitted/Rod Grounds

Three people were in the water for roughly 45 minutes after their boat caught fire off the coast of Nanaimo.Bob McCauley/Facebook

NANAIMO — Three sailors who left from the French Creek Marina were forced to abandon ship after their boat caught fire off the Nanaimo shore.

The Nanaimo Port Authority confirmed their boat caught fire around 10:30 Thursday morning as they were heading south from the French Creek area. 

Authority Harbour Master Rod Grounds told NanaimoNewsNOW two adults and a child were rescued at sea by emergency services including the Canadian Coast Guard. 

Grounds said while everyone was in good spirits after the fiery ordeal, one adult and the child were taken to hospital with signs of hypothermia after being in the water for 45 minutes. 

The boat ended up on the shore at Neck Point while still on fire. 

The scene is now in the hands of the Canadian Coast Guard for environmental assessment and response.


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