Boat On Fire In Lake Huron
UPDATE (11:20 PM):
The U.S. Coast Guard says two people were rescued Friday after their boat caught on fire.
They say around 2:00 p.m., an 18 foot boat hailed may day, announcing they were on fire in Thunder Bay.
After receiving the call, Sector Sault Ste. Marie issued an Urgent Marine Information Broadcast, or UMIB, and launched Station Alpena’s response boat.
By the time Station Alpena arrived at the boat, the vessel was engulfed in flames.
They say M/V Lady Michigan, a commercial tour boat in the area, was able to stop the fire. However, they say the damaged boat ultimately sank.
The Coast Guard says they are now working with local authorities, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, and NOAA in regards to the vessel disposition.
“Today’s event were a reminder that UMIBs save lives,” stated Captain Anthony Jones, Sector Commander. “The Coast Guard cannot perform its missions alone across the vast maritime environment. We are grateful for the maritime public and the assistance they provided.”
The current condition of the two people rescued from the burning boat is unknown at this time.
UPDATE (6:45 PM):
The Alpena Fire Department says two people were injured in a boat fire Friday.
The fire department was dispatched at 2:11 p.m. to the Alpena marina to meet an incoming boat with two injured people from a boat fire on Thunder Bay.
They say Alpena County Sheriff Deputies, the U.S. Coast Guard and Michigan DNR conservation officers were handing the boat fire, while an off-duty firefighter-paramedic from Green Bay, Wisconsin treated and transported the victims to Alpena on his boat to meet units from the fire department.
Alpena paramedics continued to treat a 55-year-old man with burns and another person with less severe injuries. Both people have been taken to a local hospital.
At this time, it’s not clear how the fire started, or what condition the two people are in now.
Stay with Northern Michigan’s news leader as we work to bring you more details.
A boat is currently on fire in Thunder Bay off the shore of Alpena.
The Alpena Fire Department says at least one person from the boat has been brought back to shore, and has been taken to the hospital.
Details are limited at this time, but stay with 9&10 News as we work to bring you more information.