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Boat fire reported near Norman Island

The boat, SV Promenade, on fire off Norman Island today, July 3, 2017. Photo: Donald Alexander John Harper/Facebook
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) has come in for praise following its quick response to a boat fire off Norman Island this morning, July 3, 2017. Photo: VISAR
Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) has come in for praise following its quick response to a boat fire off Norman Island this morning, July 3, 2017. Photo: VISAR
NORMAN ISLAND, VI- A boat reportedly caught on fire this morning, July 3, 2017 near Norman Island.

According to reports reaching this news site, the boat was spotted on fire around 10:45 A.M. after which Virgin Islands Search and Rescue (VISAR) was alerted and responded promptly.

No one was reportedly injured.

Our reports received were confirmed by VISAR Coordinator J. Phil Aspinall, who said just one person was on board at the time and the crew member escaped unhurt.

“I can confirm that we responded to a boat fire on the south side of Norman Island. One crew member got off uninjured, salvage crews on scene, not sure of the extent of the damage. No other people involved,” Mr Aspinall told our newsroom.

Meanwhile, a Facebook post was made earlier today praising the quick response of VISAR to the boat fire.

“Have to say how lucky we are here in the BVI having such a great organisation as VISAR (Virgin Island Search and Rescue). At about 1045am this morning we spotted a boat on fire south of Norman Island and promptly called 911 to alert the rescue services. We continued watching as the flames engulfed the vessel and were feeling very helpless. However, within 10 minutes of our call VISAR could be seen racing out to help. It's even more amazing when you realise that everyone involved is a volunteer, which means they have to run out from their work places, drive to the base and then launch the boat. We hope that everyone onboard the stricken vessel were safe - and thank you VISAR for all you do.”

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