FULLY-INVOLVED BOAT FIRE OFFSHORE OF KEEHI BOAT HARBOR

The Honolulu Fire Department (HFD) received a 911 call at 1:47 this afternoon for a boat on fire approximately 400 yards offshore of the Keehi Boat Harbor, near Slipper Island. Five HFD units, staffed with approximately 17 personnel, and the State Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) responded to the scene. The first HFD unit arrived at the scene at 1:54 p.m. to find a 20 foot boat, fully involved on fire. Because this area falls under the jurisdiction of the state, the ARFF and its Rescue Boat 1 quickly responded with fire-fighting tactics to battle the fire. The blaze was under control by 2:07 p.m. and extinguished at 2:12 p.m.

HFD personnel determined that a 32 year old local male and owner of the vessel was the only one onboard at the time of fire. Lifeguards with Ocean Safety retrieved him via a jet ski and brought him to shore at 2:10 p.m. The man was uninjured and refused medical attention. Upon learning that the sole occupant of the boat was safely ashore, the HFD incident commander called off the services of the remaining units. However, he asked Air 1 to fly over the area to observe if there was any leaking oil. Air 1 did not see any oil sheen on the ocean surface, which was then reported to the U.S. Coast Guard.