Passersby Save Two From Serious Wareham Boat Fire

A sailboat caught fire after striking high-tension lines on the Weweantic River in Wareham Friday afternoon.
A sailboat caught fire after striking high-tension lines on the Weweantic River in Wareham Friday afternoon.
Wareham Harbormaster Department

All were reportedly safe after a 35-foot sailboat caught fire on the Weweantic River in Wareham Friday afternoon.

Two passengers were able to escape injury after the boat’s mast struck high-tension wires and burst into flames, The Wareham Courier reports:

The Wareham Fire Department, Harbormaster, Marion public safety officials, and the Coast Guard responded to the fire around 3 p.m.

The accident happened in Wareham near Briarwood Point and the boat drifted to the Marion side of the river before the flames were extinguished, officials said.

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“I can’t say how fortunate these people were,” Wareham Harbormaster Garry Buckminster told Wareham Week, noting another boater rescued the victims before authorities arrived. “It’s short of a miracle that nothing happened to them.”