The Portsmouth Fire Department dispatched several units to New England Boatworks about 12 p.m. for a report of 400 gallons of fuel aboard the vessel possibly leaking onto the travel lift platform and into the water as personnel attempted to recover the boat, said Captain Steven Lynch.
The Department of Environmental Management, Clean Harbors and Marine 6, the Newport Fire Department’s boat, initially responded Sunday, Lynch said. Coast Guard Station Castle Hill was notified of the incident but didn’t respond, according to an officer Sunday.
The Floridian boat, “Little Bird,” was beyond repair but needed to be recovered from the water, Lynch said.
On Saturday the Newport Fire Department received a call to respond around 10:20 a.m. from Jamestown dispatchers, Newport Fire Capt. Jared Minick said previously. The vessel caught fire after it pulled in near the East Ferry Landing in Jamestown, The Daily News previously reported; five firefighters responded on the fire boat, Marine Six, and extinguished the fire before leaving the scene about 11:08 a.m.
Coast Guard Petty Officer Justin Pago said previously that to the agency’s knowledge no one was on board when the fire erupted.
The investigation into the cause of the fire will likely be handled by the state Department of Environmental Management, Minick said previously.
Lynch said his department assisted in the containment of the fuel spill; booms were placed in the water to prevent it from spreading. As of 3 p.m. Sunday the spill was “all contained,” he said. A Portsmouth Fire Department engine remained on scene out of an abundance of caution.