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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Columbia, SC

#26 Aug 1, 2008
SHUT UP wrote:
Little River Inlet ??? Meaning they were probably in South Carolina waters .. no wonder ...
South Carolina water is a toxic waste dump where fat ugly residents go to swim at.
I can tell by your stupid comment that you've never been to our state and sat by our beautiful Atlantic or fished in it's waters, or been boating. But, that's okay, we don't want you to visit. It's evident that you are not intelligent enough to comprehend it's beauty.

Myrtle Beach, SC

#28 Aug 1, 2008
I am glad all are safe from this incident, a boat can be replaced. The irony of the picture though (going down in flames) eerily reminds one of the current plight of obama and his campaign.

Lexington, SC

#29 Aug 1, 2008
Chester wrote:
I am glad all are safe from this incident, a boat can be replaced. The irony of the picture though (going down in flames) eerily reminds one of the current plight of obama and his campaign.
maybe praying really does work!!

Myrtle Beach, SC

#30 Aug 1, 2008
Jack Nasty wrote:
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Diane, I would have been scared out of my mind. Aleast the kids will probley get an "A" on the what I did on my summer vacation paper.
BTW "Shut up" needs to shut up.
Yeah, we were kinda freaked out but after we heard the captain say those dreaded 3 words that you never want a captain to utter into a radio meaning - mayday, mayday, mayday, we heard a response from a another captain on a boat saying he was about 30 min. away. then we all jumped ship and hung on...

Seale, AL

#31 Aug 1, 2008
Deuce wrote:
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maybe praying really does work!!
It does really trust me on that one SHOVELHEAD GCB SC

Greensburg, PA

#32 Aug 5, 2008
I am 14 years old and was one of the passengers on the boat.It did not seem that bad when you were out there but thinking back on all of the bad things that could have happened makes you realize how good of a job the 3 crew members did. The rest of the passengers and i are thankful for the crew and passengers on the fisher of men and another smaller fishing boat. We are also glad everyone was calm wich help a lot with exiting the boat. We were also thankful nobody got hurt.

Greensburg, PA

#33 Aug 5, 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.
There was a CO2 fire system in the engine room but it did not work.

Indianapolis, IN

#34 Aug 6, 2008
We were on the Calabash II one week prior to this incedent, and I was surprized the boat passed inspection. We were in 15 ft swells, and the bilge pump was working overtime. Manos ignored warnings from the coast guard, and had us stay out in the gulf for the entire time. I think this was a wake up call for him. I just hope he uses better discresion in the future. The boat should not have gone out to the gulf stream July 23rd.

Columbus, KS

#35 Aug 7, 2008
survivordiane wrote:
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 **** and write some positive stuff on the internet about the accident.
Diane, glad you and everyone on board okay, my son was there and told us that you had to yell for life jackets, crew sounds as if they were not prepared for what occurred, sounds as if passengers had to do more than reporter or captain wants to give credit for. Hope they are not having nightmares that my son is now experiencing.

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