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Commercial Fishing Vessel Catches Fire at New Jersey Dock

Paul Hofmann
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Posted on Aug 23, 2012

No injuries were initially reported when a fire broke out on a commercial fishing vessel last month. According to the Cape May County Herald, the commercial vessel, My Girl, was docked at the Atlantic Cape Fisheries off Ocean Drive in Cape May, New Jersey when the fire broke out on Wednesday night July 17, 2012.


The Coast Guard reportedly received the call about the fire at 11:57 p.m. on July 17. The Coast Guard, along with fire departments from Erma, Town Bank, Cape May, Villas and Rio Grande all responded to the fire. The Coast Guard reported that Coast Guard Training Center Cape May’s Fire Department was first on the scene of this New Jersey maritime accident and was able to extinguish the 20 foot blaze on the vessel’s main deck in about five minutes. It allegedly took about 1,250 gallons to put out the fire, and the Coast Guard reportedly ran out of water and was supplemented by resources from the other fire departments that responded to this blaze.


Once the fire was put out, Coast Guard officials were reportedly worried that the boat would sink. Accordingly, Coast Guard officials boarded the vessel and a Coast Guard boat crew allegedly came to the scene to help get water off the boat and prevent it from sinking at the dock.


There was no report of damage to the marina or the vessels near My Girl following this fire. Our New York and New Jersey maritime lawyers congratulate the Coast Guard and other fire departments for preventing further property damage and injuries from this blaze.

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