“It was a great boat. We bought it brand new,” he said. “This would have been its 18th season.”
Daley, a Canton resident, had been at his 48-foot boat earlier in the day, and left it at about 6 p.m. He has no idea how it could have caught fire, but the Marshfield Police Department got the first 911 call at 9:37 p.m.
“Thankfully, no one was hurt,” said Police Chief Phil Tavares. “We kept it from spreading.”
No one was on the boat, but the boat was heavily damaged, having been almost entirely engulfed in flames.
The fire was put out fully about an hour after the initial call. Officers used water and foam to extinguish the flames, in an attempt to also stop the boat from sinking, as it filled with water.
Marshfield Fire and Police responded, as well as Sea Tow, and public safety officials from Duxbury, Kingston, Plymouth and Hingham.
Marshfield Harbormaster’s office and state Department of Environmental Protection will put a boom around the boat to prevent debris from polluting the water as much as possible.