Coast Guard Station Chincoteague Responds to Boat Fire

CHINCOTEAGUE, Va. – Crewmembers from Coast Guard Station Chincoteague assisted members of the Chincoteague Fire Department during a boat fire near Queen Sound Bridge here today.

Station Chincoteague was notified at approximately 8:06 a.m. of the fire and launched a 23-foot small boat to investigate.

“We quickly arrived on scene and found that the boat was completely engulfed in flames and floating south down Cockle Creek toward the Cockle Creek Bridge,” said Petty Officer 1st Class Dominic Montessi. “There was only one person onboard the vessel when it caught fire and he swam to shore and was picked up by two older gentlemen that were in the area,” he said.

The boat crew remained on scene while the local fire department fought the fire from the bridge.

“We stayed in the area to stop any boat traffic from transiting through the area as the vessel floated closer to the bridge,” said Montessi. “Once the fire was extinguished we moved in and placed the boat in tow to take it to the Queen Sound Boat Ramp where the Chincoteague Fire Department could overhaul the fire”.

When the boat crew arrived at the boat ramp the charred boat caught fire again, but the fire department was on scene to put out the flames. No one was injured during the fire.

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