Fire destroys cabin of Perry man’s boat

Posted Aug. 03, 2011, at 9:17 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 03, 2011, at 9:39 p.m.

EASTPORT, Maine — A boat owned by a local diver was heavily damaged Wednesday morning by a fire that began in Broad Cove while it was being towed to shore.

The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. by personnel from the tugboat Work Horse, which was in the process of towing the boat, Braydens’ Future, to shore, according to Chief Petty Officer Austin Olmstead, chief of station at the U.S. Coast Guard station in Eastport.

The Coast Guard launched its 45-foot response boat, which has limited firefighting capabilities, to the scene and extinguished the fire, Olmstead said. The Coast Guard then escorted the Work Horse and Brayden’s Future to the Eastport Boat School’s pier.

The boat, owned by Scott MacNichol of Perry, had heavy damage to its cabin but the hull remained intact, Olmstead said.

MacNichol made regional headlines last October when he used his camera to fight off a shark while filming the ocean floor and collecting samples in Broad Cove,

The boat that caught fire is named after his son, Brayden, according to a story about that incident in the Bangor Daily News archives.

No one was injured in connection with the fire, Olmstead said.

The fire’s cause remained unknown Wednesday evening.

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