Captain and Co-owner of TowBow U.S. Matt Wild says at approximately 1:35 p.m., a 50-ft Prestige motor yacht around the Myrtle Grove Sound area near Carolina Beach reported an engine fire.
Wild says he was the first to respond to the scene and saw the yacht engulfed in flames.
Wild told WWAY the fire spread quickly and had to get the pair off as soon as possible.
“I could feel the heat from the boat as I was tying up to it,” Wild said. “I threw a line to one of the guys on board and we were about to start getting some of his personal items off the boat and we quickly learned that we didn’t have time. A window popped and the fire really took off. I don’t think he even grabbed his shoes. He come on my boat and we took off.”
Coast Guard and law enforcement also responded to the scene.
Wild says the men on the boat were transporting it from New York to it’s owners in Florida.