Good Samaritans rescue six from burning boat charter
Raw video: The crew of a ship in the neighborhood saw the burning charter fishing boat off the coast of Fort Lauderdale beach and moved in to save the people on board.
A group of good samaritans came to the rescue of a group of people stranded in a boat burning off the coast of Fort Lauderdale.
According to the U. S. Coast Guard, six people aboard the 45-foot charter boat when it caught fire early Monday morning. A family visit to South Florida to board a ship in the area saw the fire and rushed to help the boaters to safety.
The Barriger family from Connecticut were fishing on the Lady Pamela II, when they noticed the fire. “We were just out fishing for the rental, and we heard the fire,” said the Good Samaritan, Kate Barriger.
The boat that had caught fire was just a mile away from the Barrigers.
The fire started in the engine room of the boat before quickly spreading to the rest.
“I saw the smoke, and I saw the guys scurrying around. I looked at my friend, and I said, ‘I think that the boat is on fire,'” said Lady Pamela II Capt. Gene Checci. “When I picked up the outriggers go get them, the boat was fully engulfed in fire, all the way up to the fly bridge, and all the people were out on the bow, so I went, and came up next to the boat.”
Mobile phone video captured part of the rescue.
“It went from smoke to fire within three to four minutes,” Checci said. “I’m telling ya, it was ridiculous.”
A person almost went overboard while trying to get on the Lady Pamela II.
“Well, the way with everything, the wake up and the rocking of the boat, they hit each other and he slipped,” Barriger said. “He caught himself, thank God.”
All six people were saved.
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