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Anegada boat captain suffers serious burns in boat fire

- female passenger receives minor injuries
Prominent tour operator on Anegada, Kelly Faulkner, reportedly suffered serious burns to his body when a fire broke out on a vessel he was operating on Saturday, January 4, 2020. Photo: team of Reporters
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI- A prominent land and sea tour operator on Anegada, Kelly Faulkner, suffered serious burns to his body when a fire broke out on a vessel he was operating on Saturday, January 4, 2020, according to reports reaching our news desk.

The vessel was reportedly heading to Tortola from Anegada when the incident occurred just north of The Dogs.

Faulkner was reportedly burnt in the face when he opened the hatch of the boat to investigate what was causing the boat to operate in an unfamiliar way. He was then reportedly burnt on his hands and feet as he fought to extinguish the blaze, which he successfully managed to do.

A female passenger also received minor burns to her feet, while another passenger, a male, escaped unhurt.

Ruptured fuel tank

According to unconfirmed reports, the incident resulted from a ruptured fuel tank.

Both injured persons were taken to D. Orlando Smith Hospital; however, the female was treated and sent away.

Meanwhile, VISAR confirmed receiving a call informing them of the incident at 9:40 am on January 4, 2020.

It said Faulkner and the female passenger were taken off the boat which at the time was being towed by a Catamaran.

16 Responses to “Anegada boat captain suffers serious burns in boat fire”

  • True (05/01/2020, 11:30) Like (7) Dislike (17) Reply
    funny thing that, he didn't put the fire out he jumped in the water as the flames and fluids went over him the other passenger not mentioned put the fire out and looked after the female passenger...The captain bailed ship..
    • unknown (05/01/2020, 12:39) Like (4) Dislike (4) Reply
      You people are sick sick sick
    • anegada (05/01/2020, 12:48) Like (28) Dislike (1) Reply
      He did the right thing. He was on fire. How could he help someone if he is aflame? The bible says take the speck out of your eye before you try to get that out of your brother's. So you wanted him to go running to the other passengers to set them on fire too? Crazy. His quick action possibly diverted further disaster. Then the headlines we would be reading would have been worse. Kudos to VIsar, the medics and the yacht people and others who assisted. Get well soon Captain Kelly
    • @ True (05/01/2020, 16:28) Like (19) Dislike (2) Reply
      The man did what he had to do. If he had stayed on the boat while he was in flames, the boat might have exploded with everyone on board. Hoping for the best for everyone who was hurt.
    • @ True (06/01/2020, 07:57) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      Please think about what you’ve typed here a second time. Have you ever been on fire!?!
  • ABC (05/01/2020, 12:03) Like (7) Dislike (2) Reply
    Get well soon
  • Luvz (05/01/2020, 14:02) Like (8) Dislike (2) Reply
    Sorry to read this unfortunate mishap. A speed recovery to Mr Faulkner. God bless you.
  • karma (05/01/2020, 16:36) Like (3) Dislike (4) Reply
    Fate is a funny thing!
    • Steve (05/01/2020, 19:13) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      @ karma, Karma will get you too, just remember that....hateful person you are.
      • karma (06/01/2020, 07:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
        Yes! Anegada know what he done and what he do. Please take a seat Steve!
  • Keeping it factual (05/01/2020, 20:12) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    Too many bad things involving local captains are happening...they drive in a bullish manner and too many tourists getting killed, they just dont have the right training. Tourist start thinking about the safety of your crew and choose your captain wisely. Charter companies will give you anyone they can get, qualified or not and tell you what you want to hear. Just because they were barn here...
  • tretretrete (06/01/2020, 08:27) Like (0) Dislike (7) Reply
    Female. Success...Fire....We remember Mr. Wheatley.. . Female. Success.. Fire... Hmmmm.
  • Ponder (06/01/2020, 10:35) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Why did the fuel line rupture? Was it not properly supported/secured? Was it an engine manufacturer approved, or was it something home made? Was there no high temperature gauge/alarm? No fire extinguishing system for engine box? Mr. Faulkner SCTW-95 certified? Should he not be if he is to carry paying passengers?
  • A Anegadian (06/01/2020, 15:28) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    People are so weird,
    Instead of hoping the well-being of the person they rather involve personal issues and things non related to the incident.
  • old (06/01/2020, 19:41) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Check these boat not fire extinguisher on boat . These boat need check on the water To . Just like the road it time

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