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UPDATE: 2nd boat fire in 3 years leaves local fisherman devastated

- boat was destroyed by fire in Baughers Bay on November 18, 2020
The severely damaged 'Amigo III' in harbour at Baughers Bay today, November 18, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
An officer of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services at the scene of the boat fire today, November 18, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
An officer of the Virgin Islands Fire and Rescue Services at the scene of the boat fire today, November 18, 2020. Photo: Team of Reporters
By the time Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the fire, there was already significant damages to the vessel, including a burnt engine. Photo: Team of Reporters
By the time Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the fire, there was already significant damages to the vessel, including a burnt engine. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is the second time in three years fisherman Mr Francisco Frometa has lost a boat to fire. Photo: Team of Reporters
It is the second time in three years fisherman Mr Francisco Frometa has lost a boat to fire. Photo: Team of Reporters
A fishing boat was destroyed by fire in Baughers Bay early this morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Photo: VINO
A fishing boat was destroyed by fire in Baughers Bay early this morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020. Photo: VINO
The damaged boat in the harbour at Baughers Bay today, November 18, 2020. Photo: Facebook
The damaged boat in the harbour at Baughers Bay today, November 18, 2020. Photo: Facebook
BAUGHERS BAY, Tortola, VI- Mr Francisco Frometa got up very early this morning, November 18, 2020, before 4:00am, to do something he has been doing since the age of 14- go out to sea to catch fish.

Before he could have left his home; however, he received the news that his boat- ‘Amigo III’- was on fire in the harbour at Baughers Bay.

According to reports reaching our newsroom, persons said they heard a loud explosion around 4:20am.

By the time Fire and Rescue Services extinguished the fire, there was already significant damages to the vessel, including a burnt engine.

The livelihood of Mr Frometa and three of his crewmen, as well as their families, has now been severely impacted.

2nd boat fire

“This is a hard time for me and my workmen,” Mr Frometa told Virgin Islands News Online, adding that it is the only thing that he does for a living and has been doing for the past 39 years, starting as a teen when he accompanied his father out to sea.

What is adding to the frustration of Mr Frometa is that it is the second time in 3 years he has lost a fishing vessel due to fire.

Asked if he suspects arson, Mr Frometa said it would be difficult for him to believe that.

“I try to make an honest living, I keep out of trouble, I have no problems with anybody and I don’t owe anybody,” Mr Frometa remarked.

He said forensic police were on the scene but he is yet to give a statement.

The fisherman said he has felt really down at his plight and noted that his customers have also expressed shock and others have sought to comfort him.

Meanwhile, Chief Fire officer Mr Zebalon A. McLean confirmed that his officers responded to reports of a boat fire in Baughers Bay this morning and that an investigation is underway.

“The fire was confined to the cabin area, which was damaged severely,” Mr McLean commented.

See previous article published November 18, 2020

Fishing boat destroyed by fire in Baughers Bay

A fishing boat was destroyed by fire in Baughers Bay early this morning, Wednesday, November 18, 2020.

According to information reaching our newsroom, persons reported hearing an explosion around 4:20am.

Police are currently on the scene.

More details to follow.

27 Responses to “ UPDATE: 2nd boat fire in 3 years leaves local fisherman devastated”

  • BuzzBvi (18/11/2020, 08:16) Like (14) Dislike (2) Reply
    wow is this pay back or an accident?
  • Sad truth (18/11/2020, 08:35) Like (10) Dislike (11) Reply
    Over the next couple of months even years a lot of back and forth going to be happened. Sad to say but we’re going to have a record braking of incidents.
  • just wrong (18/11/2020, 08:41) Like (22) Dislike (2) Reply
    Is that the old blue cat mast I see in the foreground still there? What an eyesore. How can that be there still for so long now?
    • Jessica Jones (18/11/2020, 09:05) Like (9) Dislike (0) Reply
      .....and they put up fence. Rollong my eyes.
    • Truck boii (18/11/2020, 09:20) Like (7) Dislike (1) Reply
      Them probably ain't able not one bit to remove it buh; it still needs to move from there.
  • hurting (18/11/2020, 09:15) Like (24) Dislike (3) Reply
    Baughers Bay need some cold ice water to kool them off right now.
    • nope (18/11/2020, 13:05) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
      BAUGHERS BAY NEED A PLANE TO FLY OVER AND SPRAY SOME HOLY WATER OVER THE ENTIRE DISTRICT.
  • ? (18/11/2020, 09:16) Like (23) Dislike (1) Reply
    black on black bullshit needs to stop our forefathers rolling over in there gave never envision the land of the turtle dove become the land of mischief looks like it will get worse before some of us wake up and live
  • Hmm (18/11/2020, 09:23) Like (15) Dislike (1) Reply
    Fishy business....
  • Bull Terrior (18/11/2020, 11:25) Like (17) Dislike (2) Reply
    The owner of that eye soar boat had ample time to get assistance to move it from there.
    He don't even live in Baugher's Bay. To my knowledge he from the East. I know it is very expensive to move or demolish it but he have to find a solution to destroy it asap.
    I guess it wasn't insured since it was not operational for a while.
  • u see (18/11/2020, 11:26) Like (9) Dislike (2) Reply
    Right now there is more ? Than answers
  • Too silent (18/11/2020, 11:28) Like (4) Dislike (6) Reply
    How could the BVI people support the host of C** D**P when she never actually used her platform to talk about the drugs & killings we’ve been facing? Why she so sacred to asked those boys to keep still!!
    • think people stupid (18/11/2020, 21:19) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      if u had a platform would u talk about drugs and killings??
  • Street reporter (18/11/2020, 15:07) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    It was an accident
    • um (18/11/2020, 18:34) Like (14) Dislike (0) Reply
      Do you know how hard it is to blow up diesel? There was either a propane leak if he had a stove or the boat was set alight.
  • ding ding ding (18/11/2020, 20:11) Like (4) Dislike (1) Reply
    We have a winner!

    His boat went on fire 3 years ago, a fishing boat with 3 powerful outboards on the back of it. This is all related
  • Scrap that Zone6 Name (18/11/2020, 20:50) Like (10) Dislike (0) Reply
    Revamp the district from the negativity associated with the name Zone6.

    Get an awareness campaign going to stop the violence period!

    The District has to stop babying them and parents have to stand up for what is right instead of saying nothing in fear of how their child would react.

    Black lives will matter the day blacks stop killing blacks and I say that as a BVIslander.
  • rattie (18/11/2020, 21:15) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    this guy is a good man I see him all the time by zbvi hope the government help him
  • Fisherman (19/11/2020, 01:56) Like (12) Dislike (2) Reply
    You need to insure your boats my boy.
  • Hotelier (19/11/2020, 05:44) Like (5) Dislike (3) Reply
    This is a good hard working honest fisherman. He should get some help.
  • Fisherman 3 (19/11/2020, 07:16) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply

    They need to stop Hauling other people fish pots,the other boats that were burnt there a few years ago need to leave people fish traps alone.

  • I would say this (19/11/2020, 14:58) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    A fisherman is not going to tolerate ANYONE CONSTANTLY PULLING THEIR POTS. THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY. I AM NOT SAYING THE MAN IS DOING THIS BUT, YOU KNOW HOW TORTOLA IS, PEOPLE WILL PUT YOUR NAME OUT THERE JUST TO MAKE YOU LOOK BAD IF THEY FEEL OR THINK YOU ARE DOING BETTER THAN THEY ARE.
  • Bob (20/11/2020, 06:51) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Aren't all commercial vessels in the BVI required to have insurance?


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