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August 31, 2018

Photos courtesy of Bourne Fire Department Deputy Carrara

The Bourne Fire Department was dispatched to a boat fire in the west end of the Cape Cod Canal
near the Bourne Bridge shortly after noon on Friday August 31, 2018. A 32 foot Trojan fiberglass
cabin Cruiser named "Marianne" was headed west through the canal and caught fire between the
railroad bridge and the Bourne Bridge.  It was then carried by the current east of the Bourne Bridge
onto the rip rap on the south side of the canal. Multiple agencies including the Army Corps of Engineers
and the Canal Patrol Boats, the Coast Guard, the Bourne Harbor Master, the Bourne Fire Department,
the Sandwich Fire Department Fire Boat, the Wareham Harbor Master fire boat, the Onset Fire Boat,
Tow Boat US, Police boats, DNR boats, and others assisted rescuing the operator of the boat and
extinguishing the engine compartment fire.  The boat was eventually towed away to a marina.


A Tanker from Joint Base Cape Cod was called to help.

Lt King

An assortment of vessels responded to the incident.

Bourne Marine 130

Sandwich Marine 439

Fire was aboard the Marianne

Wareham Harbormaster boat is firefighting capable

Buckley McAllister is a big tug with about 12,000 gpm pumping capability.

Engine 121 operated from shore.

Canal patrol boat picked up the boat's occupant

The Onset Fire Boat pumps water off the boat to be able to tow it away.

Once dewatered, the boat was towed by Tow Boat US to a marina.

The boat was towed away out of the canal by Towboat US.