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Jun 12, 2018 4:19 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Recreational Boat Catches Fire And Sinks Off Gardiners Island

A recreational boat near Gardiners Island that caught fire.  COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MONTAUK COURTESY COAST GUARD STATION MONTAUK
Jun 12, 2018 4:30 PM

A recreational boat caught fire and sank near Gardiners Island on Friday.

According to Senior Chief Eric Best, officer in charge at the Coast Guard Montauk station, the incident took place sometime after 2 p.m. south of Gardiners Island and to the west of Cartwright Shoal. Mr. Best said that three people were on board the vessel before they abandoned it and were taken to safety to Accabonac Harbor by a Good Samaritan.

According to Ed Michels, East Hampton Town’s Marine Patrol chief, the fire was first spotted by a Town Parks Department employee on land. After he was contacted, Mr. Michels sent two lifeguards on Jet Skis out to the scene to make sure no one was left in the water awaiting rescue.

Mr. Michels said that the owner of the approximately 27-foot boat, whose name he declined to provide, had tried to start the engine when it somehow caught fire.

Members of the Shelter Island Fire Department were called out to extinguish the blaze, which caused the boat to sink in the 4-to-5-foot water, according to Mr. Michels.

Because the water the boat was in was so shallow, Sea Tow Montauk then towed the remains of the boat to the town dock on Gann Road in East Hampton. While Mr. Michels said that what was left of the boat was “charred beyond recognition,” he believed the incident was “definitely” an engine fire.

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