Firefighters, RCMP and Coast Guard called to boat fire south of Nanaimo – Nanaimo News Bulletin


The investigation of a fire that destroyed a boat near Nanaimo has been turned over to the RCMP.

North Cedar Volunteer Firefighters were called to the Cedar boat launch at the end of Nelson Road south of Nanaimo for a boat that was on fire in the water shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday, April 10.

Percy Tipping, chief of the North Cedar Volunteer Fire Department, said there was little his firefighters could do when they arrived because the boat, which was completely engulfed in flames, was about 150 yards from shore.

“There was no way we could make a response in our little boat…so we just transferred our information to the Coast Guard,” Tipping said.

The Canadian Coast Guard responded with a boat from Ganges on Salt Spring Island.

Tipping said he spoke with residents in the Cedar-by-the-Sea area who said they saw the boat floating southbound toward Mudge Island when they called the fire department. The fire chief remained at the scene for about an hour awaiting the arrival of the Coast Guard vessel.

The Coast Guard vessel extinguished the fire and then turned the investigation over to the Nanaimo RCMP. It is not known what caused the fire that burned the boat or if anyone was on board or injured when the fire broke out.

const. Nanaimo RCMP spokesman Gary O’Brien said there was no indication the fire was suspicious in any way.

Second lieutenant. Wilson Ho, Royal Canadian Navy Maritime Forces Pacific Public Affairs, said in an email that Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue 25 and Lifeboat Cape Naden of Ganges Harbor responded to the incident to deal with the incident. boat which appeared to be a pleasure craft. about four meters long.

“The ship appeared to be derelict and it burned to the waterline,” Ho said.

He said the incident ended around 3 a.m. on Monday April 11 and was left in the hands of the RCMP.

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