Boat Being Towed

Towboats take the vessel to Onset.

A 35-foot boat caught fire while on the Cape Cod Canal on Friday, August 31.

Bourne Deputy Fire Chief Joseph J. Carrara, Jr. said that no one on board the boat was hurt, and the cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

Dep. Chief Carrara said Bourne Fire Rescue received a call about a boat on fire in the canal beneath the Bourne Bridge at 12:02 PM on Friday. The boat eventually came to a rest up against some rocks on the side of the canal about a third of a mile down from the bridge, behind Gallo Ice Arena, he said.

“The boat was being piloted by the captain, who said he was having trouble and thought the boat was going to catch on fire,” Dep. Chief Carrara said.

When fire crews arrived on scene there was heavy smoke and flames coming from the engine compartment. The captain was taken off the boat by personnel with the US Army Corps of Engineers. Also responding to the scene were Bourne Harbormaster Timothy W. Mullen, Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster, and crews from the Onset Fire Department, Sandwich Fire Department, the US Coast Guard and the Massachusetts Environmental Police.

Dep. Chief Carrara said there was a lot of damage to the boat but it is repairable. The vessel was towed by Tow Boat US to Onset, he said.

Additional assistance was requested from the Plymouth Fire Department and firefighters on Joint Base Cape Cod. They were called off before they arrived because the fire had been knocked down, he said.

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