Coast Guard Training Center firefighters extinguish fire at local marina

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – Coast Guardsmen responded to a marina fire aboard a commercial fishing vessel in Lower Township, N.J., Wednesday at 11:57 p.m.

Firefighters from Coast Guard Training Center Cape May’s Fire Department were the first to arrive at the scene of the fire, which had engulfed much of the fishing vessel My Girl moored at Atlantic Cape Fisheries in Lower Township. Coast Guard fire crews extinguished the 20-foot blaze on the main deck spraying more than 1,250 gallons of water on the flames in less than five minutes.

“This response demonstrates not only our commitment to the safety of our community,” said Asst. Fire Chief Ryan Geraghty of the Training Center Cape May Fire Department. “It shows how well we can work with our partner agencies in the community.”

Coast Guard fire crews exhausted their water supply shortly before the Erma, N.J., Volunteer Fire Department arrived with another engine and a tanker truck. Crews from Erma Volunteer Fire Department provided water to the Coast Guard fire engine crew as the primary fire attack team who continued to fight flames.

The fishing vessel began to list heavily, so Coast Guard crews devised a plan to prevent the vessel from sinking, which prevented a potential pollution hazard and made salvage efforts less dangerous. A small boat crew from Coast Guard Station Cape May arrived and provided dewatering pumps to Coast Guard firefighters. The Coast Guard firefighters boarded the stricken fishing vessel and began dewatering it to keep it from sinking next to the pier.

The Coast Guard firefighters’ quick response helped prevent damage to a fishing vessel that was moored next to My Girl and prevented the fire from spreading to the Atlantic Cape Fisheries marina.

Numerous local agencies participated in the response including Erma Volunteer Fire Department, Rio Grande, N.J., Volunteer Fire Department, Villas, N.J., Volunteer Fire Department, Town Bank, N.J., Volunteer Fire Department, and the Cape May Fire Department.

The cause of the fire is being investigated by the New Jersey State Police Marine Division.

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