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Marine Accident Brief: Fire aboard Sailing Vessel Best Revenge 5

Executive Summary

​At about 0130 on July 11, 2017, the uninspected sailing vessel Best Revenge 5 caught fire while docked at a marina pier in Falmouth Inner Harbor in Falmouth, Massachusetts. The vessel’s two crewmembers escaped the burning vessel and attempted to fight the fire but could not contain it, and local firefighters later extinguished it. One crewmember sustained second- and third-degree burns to the arms, hands, and feet. An oil sheen was observed in the immediate vicinity of the vessel after the fire but was contained by a floating boom. Damage to the Best Revenge 5 (which was declared a constructive total loss), to a vessel docked next to it, and to the pier totaled an estimated $1,508,000.


Probable Cause

​The National Transportation Safety Board determines that the probable cause of the fire aboard the uninspected sailing vessel Best Revenge 5 and on its pier was an electrical fault in an accommodation space on the vessel.


Accident Location: Falmouth , MA USA Falmouth Inner Harbor, 41°32.80’ N, 70°36.19’ W
Accident Date: 7/11/2017
Accident ID: DCA17FM021

Date Adopted: 6/28/2018
NTSB Number: MAB1816
NTIS Number:  

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