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Sail Boat Sinks After Early Morning Fire at Fort Bragg Marina

Early this morning at approximately 3:47 a.m. Fort Bragg Fire Department responded to the Dolphin Isle Marina upriver from Noyo Harbor regarding a boat fire. FBFD Chief Steve Orsi told us his crews found a fully involved sailboard and were able to quickly extinguish the active flames.

Chief Orsi explained that FBFD was called out once again to the scene at approximately 6:50 this morning regarding a fire that had reignited. The fire was small, Chief Orsi said, but fire crews realized the boat was sinking at that time and soon became fully submerged.

As the boat sank, Chief Orsi said crews saw a gasoline sheen spread around the wreckage, though he described it as minimal compared to other gasoline spills he has seen. He estimated approximately 10-gallons of fuel leaked from the boat, probably due to a small gas tank on board.

As to what caused the fire, Chief Orsi said it is too early to tell. He did say the fire originated in the cabin of the boat because the “main shell of the boat was fully intact.” He described the fire scorching the interior of the cabin.

As the boat sank, Chief Orsi said crews saw a gasoline sheen spread around the wreckage, though he described it as minimal compared to other gasoline spills he has seen. He estimated approximately 10-gallons of fuel lead from the boat, probably due to a small gas tank on board.

According to Chief Orsi, the boat’s owner owns two other boats that are also docked at the Dolphin Isle Marina. He is known to sleep in one of the other boats but responding crews and marina staff were unable to locate him. 

The United States Coast Guard has been dispatched to the marina to assist in hauling the boat out of the water as well as Fish and WIldlife. Both agencies will work to clean up the sunken boat and assess the environmental impact of the gasoline. 

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  1. You’re the best news reporter and website in FB/Mendo by far! I’m curious as the name of the unfortunate boat and am wondering if it was “Voyager”…….

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