Lobster fisherman credited with saving people and dogs from burning yacht near New Castle

An investigation is underway into what caused the fire and sinking of a 70ft yacht along the coastline on Saturday. Tom Hadley of Hollis said he was in the right place at the right time when his instincts told him to turn his little boat around and see if the yacht showing some smoke needed help. “If you even think someone is in distress there, it doesn’t hurt to just sail around and check in on them,” Hadley said. Hadley drove from Hollis to his 18ft boat on the coast for 17 years. The part-time lobster fisherman now has a story to tell after what began with the yacht’s smoke check at the mouth of Little Harbor on Saturday quickly turned into a harrowing rescue. flames and was completely engulfed,” Hadley said. “Three people and two dogs were standing on a platform in the back.” a lady on board, then we put the two dogs on board,” Hadley said. “And then a younger man was halfway, I pulled him aside.” He called a small fishing boat to helping the third man clinging to the as the heat from the boat intensified.”If there was an explosion, the idea of ​​being doused in hot fiberglass wasn’t very appealing,” Hadley said. The three people who lived aboard the Elusive, including a couple from Connecticut and their first mate, were taken to the Wentworth Marina dock and then to hospital, where they were treated and released and reunited with their dogs.>> The boat that burned, sank near New Castle housed three peopleKitt Watson was one of three people who were rescued. “It was just open arms, get on board, warm up, we going to take care of you and it really gave me faith in humanity,” Watson said. He described the moment he knew the boat was on fire. “All of a sudden it was like a dragon had fallen into the cabin and a lot of fire, it’s just the whole boat was engulfed,” Watson said. New Castle Fire Chief Theodore Hartmann said help arrived just in time. “With water temperatures being what they are at this time of year, the possibility of being in this water for any period of time is minimal,” Hartmann said. The tide pushed the burning yacht off the coast, where it sank in deep water. The boat will not be recovered.

An investigation is underway into what caused the fire and sinking of a 70ft yacht along the coast on Saturday.

Tom Hadley of Hollis said he was in the right place at the right time when his instincts told him to turn his little boat around and see if the yacht showing some smoke needed help.

“If you even think someone is in distress there, it doesn’t hurt to walk around and check in to make sure they’re okay,” Hadley said.

Hadley drove from Hollis to his 18ft boat on the coast for 17 years. The part-time lobster fisherman now has a story to tell after what started as the yacht’s smoke check at the mouth of Little Harbor on Saturday quickly turned into a harrowing rescue.

“By the time I reached the ship, it just caught fire and was completely engulfed,” Hadley said. “Three people and two dogs were standing on a platform in the back.”

Hadley said they were holding pool noodles to float. He yelled at them to jump in the water, then threw away his lobster traps to make room.

“At first I carried a lady on board and then we put the two dogs on board,” Hadley said. “And then a younger man was half in, I pulled him aside.”

He called a small fishing boat to help the third man clinging to the side as the heat from the boat intensified.

“If there was an explosion, the idea of ​​being doused with hot fiberglass wasn’t too appealing,” Hadley said.

The three people who lived on board the Elusive, including a couple from Connecticut and their mate, were taken to the Wentworth Marina dock and then to hospital, where they were treated and released and reunited with their dogs .

>> A boat that burned and sank near New Castle was home to three people

Kitt Watson was one of three people who were rescued.

“It was just open arms, come on board, warm up, we’re going to take care of you and it really restored my faith in humanity,” Watson said.

He described the moment he knew the boat was on fire.

“All of a sudden it was like a dragon had fallen into the cabin and there was a lot of fire, it’s just the whole boat was engulfed,” Watson said.

New Castle Fire Chief Theodore Hartmann said help arrived just in time.

“With water temperatures being what they are at this time of year, the possibility of being in this water for any period of time is minimal,” Hartmann said.

The tide pushed the burning yacht off the coast, where it sank in deep water. The boat will not be recovered.

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