Cops: Yacht catches fire at dock, sinks in Greenport
A 42-foot Silverton yacht caught fire and sunk at a dock near the end Gull Pond of Lane in Greenport late Saturday night, Southold Town police said.
The intense heat from the 9 p.m. fire also caused a second boat tied at the dock, a 22 foot Pro-Liner owned by a Kings Park man, to ignite.
The stern of the diesel-engine yacht, named the Catherine Ann and owned by a Northport man, is resting on the bottom of the pond, police said. A significant amount of diesel fuel was spilled and officials form Miller Environmental were dispatched to the scene for oil containment and clean up.
On Sunday afternoon the cleanup continued and a U.S. Coast Guard official said much of the environmental damage had been mitigated.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and is currently under investigation, police said. No injuries were reported.
Volunteers of the Greenport, East Marion and Shelter Island fire departments responded to the scene along with Southold Town police and investigators from the Suffolk County Police Department Arson Squad.
Top Caption: A smaller boat (left) was destroyed after the engine to a yacht (right) caught fire Saturday night behind a house at the end of Gull Pond in Greenport. Credit: Grant Parpan