Boat fire brings out Coast Guard, Ham­burg fire­fight­ers; one in­jured

The Buffalo News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Jonathan D. Ep­stein

Five peo­ple were res­cued with only one mi­nor in­jury Sun­day af­ter­noon, as a sig­nif­i­cant boat fire at Wood­lawn Beach State Park brought out the U.S. Coast Guard, Town of Ham­burg fire­fight­ers and sev­eral good Sa­mar­i­tans.

Coast Guard of­fi­cials launched one of their small boats from Sta­tion Buf­falo af­ter re­ceiv­ing a re­port of a boat fire at 5:11 p.m., said Lt. Ju­nior Grade Kyle Maxey, com­mand duty of­fi­cer at Coast Guard Sec­tion Buf­falo. Ham­burg Wa­ter Res­cue Unit also re­sponded, as did “mul­ti­ple good Sa­mar­i­tan ves­sels,” Maxey said.

He said the burned boat had five pas­sen­gers, all of whom jumped into the wa­ter “once they re­al­ized there were flames on the ves­sel.” All five were res­cued by a pri­vate boat, with only one mi­nor burn in­jury that was treated on shore by emer­gency med­i­cal per­son­nel.

Ham­burg Wa­ter Res­cue Unit “ac­tively en­gaged the fire” and once it was out, com­mer­cial sal­vage com­pany Lake Erie Tow­ing and Re­cov­ery pulled the charred ship to the Small Boat Har­bor, Maxey said. The Coast Guard brought four of the five pas­sen­gers to the Small Boat Har­bor, while one stayed on the Lake Erie tow­ing ship while it brought in the burned boat, Maxey said.

Maxey said there’s no clear in­di­ca­tion of the cause of the fire, but it was “pretty sig­nif­i­cant.”

“It burned to the wa­ter line,” he said. “The ma­jor­ity of the ves­sel was burned, leav­ing just a charred hull that was towed in. Any­time there’s a fire on a ves­sel, the Coast Guard has a sin­cere in­ter­est in mak­ing sure ev­ery­one is safe and ac­counted for.”

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