In a shocking incident near Alibaug, a luxury speed boat caught fire at Mandwa, sending plumes of smoke into the air on a calm Saturday afternoon. The incident occurred in the middle of the sea, making it challenging for authorities to swiftly control the blaze.
According to the Mandwa Port inspector of the Maharashtra Maritime Board, the fire erupted while two individuals were on board, both of whom sustained burn injuries. Despite prompt notification to the fire department, the remote location posed a significant hurdle for immediate assistance. The boat, fueled for an extended journey, burned for an extended period, leaving the cause of the fire shrouded in mystery.
The boat, measuring 33 feet and designed for eight to ten passengers, was reportedly a speed boat cruise owned by a local company. Surprisingly, only two crew members were on board when the fire broke out. The managing director of the company revealed that the engine had been turned off while the boat was anchored, raising questions about the unexpected ignition.
The incident highlights the challenges faced by emergency responders when dealing with maritime fires. Investigations are underway to determine the cause of the fire and evaluate safety protocols for such luxury boats. The injured crew members are currently receiving medical attention.