Boat burns near Matapeake fishing pier
STEVENSVILLE — No one was reported injured in an explosion and fire aboard a boat near the Matapeake fishing pier on Sunday evening, June 19.
It happened about 7:15 p.m. as the boat was approaching the boat ramp at Matapeake, said Buddy Thomas, chief of the Kent Island Volunteer Fire Department. As the boat was coming in, he said, one of its motors cut out and when an attempt was made to restart it, there was an explosion and fire.
Four people who were aboard, including two children, were able to jump off the boat into the shallow water near the ramp, Thomas said. One report said that a dog also escaped injury by jumping overboard, but Thomas could not confirm that.
“It was burned up pretty good when we got there,” Thomas said of the boat, which was described by Mar yland Natural Resources Police spokesperson Candy Thomson as a 25-foot vessel built in 1977.
Thomas said firefighters kept watch over the boat as the fire burned not only the vessel but also oil and other flammable materials. He said the boat burned down to the waterline.