One person had to be rescued when a sailboat caught fire near Budd Inlet following an explosion, according to McLane Black Lake Fire Department.
At 5:30 p.m. Thursday, crews responded to the report of a boat adrift and on fire in Puget Sound near Budd Inlet.
“The sailboat occupied by a single male burst into flames following an explosion. The occupant retrieved the fire extinguisher with the intent of extinguishing the fire when flames overcame him from behind,” according to the fire department’s news release.
The man jumped in the water and was rescued by an off-duty firefighter. The man had burns to his legs and was brought to the dock at Olympia Country and Golf Club, then taken to Providence St. Peter Hospital in Olympia.
Firefighters put out the fire from onboard another boat. The burned sailboat sunk, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Olympia Fire Department, Thurston County Medic One, Thurston County Sheriff’s Office, the Port of Olympia Harbor Patrol and Washington State Department of Ecology also responded to the incident.