Ocean City’s Fireboat 1 fought its first fire about 200 yards off the beach at 10th Street on Aug. 31, 2018. This 46-foot sportfishing boat, the Seawitch, was on fire and hundreds of beachgoers watched as smoke and flames poured from the stricken vessel.
Two people aboard were rescued by the charter boat Salty Sons, which luckily happened to be nearby. The Ocean City Fire Department was joined by the U.S. Coast Guard and the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in providing aid to the burning boat. The boat sank 150 yards off 11th Street in about 30 feet of water and salvaged a week later.
Photo by Dara Hanna