Hot time on Goodtime Girl was last day on the bay for vessel
NORTHEAST, MD. — Maryland Natural Resources Police report that a man and his dog escaped injury when the 36-foot cabin cruiser they were on caught fire and sunk Sept. 12, 2015 in the North East River.
Douglas Shirk of Elizabethtown, Pa., sent out a Mayday call at about 12:30 when smoke began pouring from his cabin cruiser, GoodTime Girl. A Good Samaritan rescued the boater and his dog.
Susquehanna Hose Co. of Havre de Grace put the fire out and Sea Tow arrived to bring the damaged vessel ashore. But despite efforts, the vessel sank shortly before 1:30 p.m. near Cara Cove.
Sea Tow recovered and towed a 200-gallon fuel tank to the Charlestown boat ramp. The Maryland Department of the Environment and the Coast Guard were notified.
The cause of the fire is not known. The investigation is continuing.
Susquehanna Hose Co. reports that on Sept. 12, 2015, at 1242 hours, Marine 552 was alerted to respond & assist Cecil County with a boat fire on the North East River, in the area of Red Point.
The Marine unit was underway within 3 minutes and assisted Cecil Boat 5 with extinguishment on arrival.
Marine 552 also towed the vessel out of the shipping channel, due to it beginning to sink. The Marine unit was committed for approximately 30 minutes & then returned to Havre de Grace.