Boat fire

Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers respond to a vessel fire off Matapeake Beach on Thursday, Sept. 3.

STEVENSVILLE — Maryland Natural Resources Police Officers working Queen Anne’s County received a call for a vessel fire in the Chesapeake Bay off of Matapeake Beach on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Police learned there were three people in the water, all of whom were wearing life jackets. The vessel was engulfed in flames upon arrival, said Lauren Moses, NRP spokesman.

NRP officers were able to pull one of the people onto the patrol boat while the other two had safely swum to shore, Moses said.

Police learned that the fire had erupted from the engine compartment and quickly became out of control and too much for the one fire extinguisher onboard to handle.

No one was injured, but the vessel was a total loss, Moses said. The boat sank after catching on fire a second time while be towed into the boat ramp.

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