Rescue boat engine fire off the Rhode River
Two boaters are safe after their 37ft motorboat caught fire on the way to the dock on Friday morning, causing an explosion that could be heard for miles around.
Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) said the pair were attempting to dock their boat Monterey at Holiday Hill Marina in Whitemarsh Creek, just off the Rhode River in Edgewater. One of the boat’s engines failed. When we tried to restart the engine, the boat caught fire. Luckily, the two were close enough to a nearby pier to jump off before the boat was completely engulfed.
Anne Arundel County, Annapolis City and Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Departments all responded with the NRP and assisted in putting out the blaze.
Both boaters were taken to a local trauma center for what the NRP calls “precautionary measures” and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
NRP is investigating the incident and has not yet determined a cause.
The Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department reports that the explosion could be heard and felt throughout the Edgewater area.
Bay Bulletin will continue to follow this story and bring you updates.
-Meg Walburn Viviano