Man Rescued from Boat Fire on Lake Tahoe
The U.S. Coast Guard and a good Samaritan came to the rescue of a 43 year-old-man whose vessel went up in flames on Lake Tahoe, Monday evening.
Coast Guard Sector San Francisco watchstanders received notification from Coast Guard Station Lake Tahoe reporting a 26-foot Cobalt boat on fire near Dollar Point.
Watchstanders dispatched a Station Lake Tahoe 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew to the scene.
When the crew arrived on scene, the man had been retrieved by a good Samaritan and the man was transferred to the RB-S.
“It’s unfortunate the fire escalated so quickly,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class TJ Mines, a boatswain’s mate at Station Lake Tahoe. “We’re just happy we were able to assist the owner with no injuries and that Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection arrived on scene when they did.”
A Tahoe Douglas Fire Protection crew arrived on scene shortly after and extinguished the fire before the vessel sank in 21-feet of water.
The man was transferred to local emergency medical services personnel with no reported injuries.
It was reported that there are 40 gallons of fuel aboard and a current urgent marine information broadcast has been sent out to notify mariners of the submerged boat.
Vessel Assist has been contacted to salvage the boat.