PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) — A man reported minor injuries after a sailboat caught fire in Portsmouth Sunday morning.
According to officials, the sailboat was anchored in the Elizabeth River just behind the Swimming Point area of the city.
The call for the fire came in just before 6 a.m. on Sunday. A good Samaritan helped the boat owner, who was on the boat at the time of the fire, get off and safely returned him to shore.
Shortly after, Portsmouth Fire-Rescue and the Coast Guard arrived on scene.
The pair of agencies worked together to extinguish the fire not long after.
“The rapid coordination between the Coast Guard, Navy, VMRC and Portsmouth and Norfolk Fire Departments saved a life today,” said Cmdr. Jason Ingram, Coast Guard Chief of Response for Sector Virginia. “This region’s strong partnerships are critical to keeping our community safe.”
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.