According to Sgt. James Slaughter of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries (DGIF), a boat’s engine caught on fire June 3 at Smith Mountain Lake but was extinguished by the operator before it turned into a major blaze.
Slaughter said that the incident occurred at 7:23 p.m. in the area of B34 and B35, and nobody was injured. The occupants had safely gotten off the vessel and made it back to shore.
DGIF officers, along with the Smith Mountain Lake Marine Volunteer Fire Rescue, responded. Slaughter said that when the officers arrived on scene, the fire had been extinguished by that point. The operator had utilized the fire extinguisher that was on the outboard-style vessel to put the fire out. Fireboats then towed the vessel back over to the dock, where everybody was found to be safe.
“It appears that it was possibly a mechanical fuel leak of some kind,” Slaughter said.
-For more information, see the June 12 edition of the Smith Mountain Eagle-