Boat sinks aflame

There are 29 comments on the Myrtle Beach Online story from Jul 30, 2008, titled Boat sinks aflame. In it, Myrtle Beach Online reports that:

An engine fire at sea Wednesday morning forced 26 passengers and crew members to jump from their charter-fishing boat into the ocean, where they clung to rubber life rafts and watched the burning boat sink ...

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howard

United States

#1 Jul 31, 2008
That was pretty scary for the passengers. It's a tough decision to give the order to abandon ship. Sometimes, the vessel stays afloat and the people drown in the water.

I can recall a time in the forties in Henderson Bay on lake Ontario.. A small cruiser was out in the bay late at night with a total of four people on board. It was spring and the water was a few degrees above freezing. The captain gave orders to abandon ship. They all went over the side. There was no two-way radio to alert the coast guard so they weren't picked out of the water till morning. Two survived, they were obese and two skinny ones didn't. Apparently, that is one positive thing about fat, it's a good insulator.

The boat, however, was still afloat and intact, they would have been ok, if they had stayed aboard. A decision had to be made instantly, in this case, it was the wrong decision.

So, Capatain Dan Manos made the right decision, and that made all the difference.

Since: Jul 08

Myrtle Beach, SC

#2 Jul 31, 2008
Good thnking on the Captain's part and great response by the other Captains along with the Coast Guard, there all heros!
SHOVELHEAD

Kingsport, TN

#3 Jul 31, 2008
AynorDog wrote:
Good thnking on the Captain's part and great response by the other Captains along with the Coast Guard, there all heros!
What disturbs me if I read the article right is that there was bearly enough room in the life rafts to accomadate all of the passengere I thought it was law that they had sufficent life rafts for everyone. But never the less the captain made a good decision in an extreme emergency situation SHOVELHEAD GCB SC
beachguy

Conway, SC

#4 Jul 31, 2008
Its a charter fishing boat, not a cruise ship,so floatation safety gear would be normal not big liferafts. Good thing there were other boats nearby and all were ok.

Perhaps in the future a fire supression system in the engine compartment would be a good upgrade...but you can just never plan for all the possibilities.
Mockingbird

United States

#5 Jul 31, 2008
The crew and passengers are very lucky. Thankfully it happened in July, not January. Kudos to the Captain and the rescuers.
Response

Columbia, SC

#6 Jul 31, 2008
There was a fire suppression system in the engine compartment. It is required on all inspected vessels.
Mom of two

Ocean Isle Beach, NC

#7 Jul 31, 2008
Great Job Captain! You did what was important getting your passagers and crew home safe. Hope you are up and sailing again real soon.
Naive or Stupid

Florence, SC

#9 Jul 31, 2008
The Boys on "Deadliest Catch" would be proud of Captain Manos!
SHOVELHEAD

Kingsport, TN

#10 Jul 31, 2008
beachguy wrote:
Its a charter fishing boat, not a cruise ship,so floatation safety gear would be normal not big liferafts. Good thing there were other boats nearby and all were ok.
Perhaps in the future a fire supression system in the engine compartment would be a good upgrade...but you can just never plan for all the possibilities.
Ok thanks you answered that for me SHOVELHEAD GCB SC
Deuce

Lexington, SC

#11 Jul 31, 2008
finally something happens in the MB area that would be hard to blame on Bikers.

good work saving the souls you were charged with protecting Capt. Manos, and good luck getting your ship back!
survivordiane

Myrtle Beach, SC

#12 Jul 31, 2008
hey idiot, with the name "shut up" I was wone of those survivors on that boat along with my husband, and two kids. While we were bobbing in the 5ft seas wondering if we were going to make it out alive the last thing I was thinking about was hey, could there be any "fat people swimming in these poluted waters?" Why don't you try getting your brains out of your ass and write some positive stuff on the internet about the accident.
lives in conway

Conway, SC

#14 Jul 31, 2008
"Shut Up" I thought I saw you at the beach the other day!
Frank

United States

#15 Jul 31, 2008
Good job Dan! We are very proud of you and welcome home. Will see you soon.
SHOVELHEAD

Kingsport, TN

#17 Jul 31, 2008
Doctor Razz wrote:
It disturbs you that they had enough room? What were you expecting, luxury accomodations on a life raft?
The good part is, by LAW, when abandoning ships, bikers are the LAST to leave as they are the bottom rung of the evolutionary chain, just below m-o-n-k-e-y-s.
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NO STUPID I was just asking an intellegent question something you could not relate to with your inbread pea brain!!! oops sorry I was giving you too much credit and what does being a biker have to do with this paticular forum anyhow??? You are a waste of breathable air SHOVELHEAD GCB SC
SHOVELHEAD

Kingsport, TN

#19 Jul 31, 2008
Too Bad wrote:
True that Doctor Razz!
NO MORE ****!
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You must be as inbread as he is maybe you are brothers SHOVELHEAD GCB SC
Deuce

Lexington, SC

#20 Jul 31, 2008
SHOVELHEAD wrote:
<quoted text>NO STUPID I was just asking an intellegent question something you could not relate to with your inbread pea brain!!! oops sorry I was giving you too much credit and what does being a biker have to do with this paticular forum anyhow??? You are a waste of breathable air SHOVELHEAD GCB SC
I am truly sorry that you have to be this way, making comments about bikers at time like this, after all they (bikers) would wait for you to abandon ship as we all know it is COURTESY to let women off first.
Deuce

Lexington, SC

#21 Jul 31, 2008
Doctor Razz wrote:
It disturbs you that they had enough room? What were you expecting, luxury accomodations on a life raft?
The good part is, by LAW, when abandoning ships, bikers are the LAST to leave as they are the bottom rung of the evolutionary chain, just below m-o-n-k-e-y-s.
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sorry that last post was meant for you DR razz!!
Bob

Myrtle Beach, SC

#22 Jul 31, 2008
I just like the fact that the first boat to the rescue was the "Fisher of Men." When the boat owner first named his ship that, I think to honor G*d's son Jesus, he probably never thought it would actually happen.
Deuce

Lexington, SC

#23 Jul 31, 2008
Bob wrote:
I just like the fact that the first boat to the rescue was the "Fisher of Men." When the boat owner first named his ship that, I think to honor G*d's son Jesus, he probably never thought it would actually happen.
well said!!
Elaine

Mountain City, TN

#24 Jul 31, 2008
Why do these conversations always have to get so "UGLY". Thanks be to GOD for CAPTAIN MANOS who saved his passengers.

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