11 Rescued From Burning Boat off Cape Cod

The 44-foot yacht Bronze Monkey in flames approximately 3 miles south of Wychmere Harbor. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Sherman Baldwin.

July 30, 2010: The Coast Guard issued a report that it had rescued 11 people from the 44-foot Bronze Monkey after the Hyannis-based yacht caught fire approximately 3 miles south of Wychmere Harbor, on the south side of Cape Cod, on Friday, July 30.

Rescue Location

Coast Guard Station Chatham dispatched a 27-foot rescue boat to the scene after receiving a 911 call at around 11:35 p.m. “When we arrived on scene we could see the boat was engulfed in smoke,” said Petty Officer First Class Matthew Hussey. “As we got closer we could see flames and everyone on the bow.” All the lifejackets and signaling devices were trapped in the cabin, which was engulfed in flames, said Hussey.

According to Hussey, some of the passengers couldn’t swim. About 2 or 3 minutes after the passengers were pulled off the boat, it was fully engulfed in flames.

The Coast Guard transported the 11 people to Wychmere Harbor, where they were evaluated by EMS personnel. No injuries were reported.
The vessel later sank in approximately 22 feet of water, causing a minor sheen and debris field. The Coast Guard is issuing a safety broadcast on VHF-FM radio channel 16 to warn nearby mariners.

According to the Coast Guard report, the captain of the Bronze Monkey stated that the fire began in the engine room and believes it was caused by an electrical malfunction.

Additional News Coverage:

Cape Cod Today Story

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SatelliteNewsService.com: Video interview with Dennis Fire Lt. Tony Kent. Video by David Curran.