Upon arrival, the fire was quickly extinguished, and aeromedical transport called for two teenage victims of the family. The other two burn victims refused medical treatment or transport. Both teenage victims were transported to Tampa General Hospital with non-life-threatening, but serious burn injuries. There was no exposure damage to any other vehicle, boat, or structure. The fire was contained to the family’s boat. The origin of the fire appeared to be in the area of the boat’s outboard engine. The fire is currently under investigation.
HCFR responded to the scene with 3 Engines, 3 ALS ambulances, 1 Battalion Chief, and 2 Aeromedical Helicopters.
HCFR would like to remind boaters to practice boating emergencies including the proper use of fire extinguishers with all passengers and family members.