Sea Scouts Back In Lewes After Sailboat Fire
June 26th, 9:04 PM EDT
On June 16 flames were shooting out of the sailboat, the Coup de Te'te, piloted by members of the Lewes based Sea Scout Ship 198. According to boatswain, 17 year old Chris Marshall, the situation lasted approximately 20 seconds.
The blaze started in the ship's engine which was doused by one of the crew with a fire extinguisher. Marshall told WRDE he believes it was the boat's alternator that started the fire.
There were six people on board, five scouts and one parent. The journey began on Saturday June 15. The Coup de Te'te sailed up the Delaware Bay and then entered the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal. Marshall said they switched over to the engine for the canal part of the trip and planned to use the sails again once they reached the Chesapeake Bay.
Instead, they were forced to camp out on the damaged sailboat for a few days. They were towed back to Lewes and arrivedFriday June 21.
"What we did that day saved our vessel and made sure everyone on our boat was safe," Marshall said. "I have to credit all that training to sea scouting."
Wednesday night, Sea Scout Ship 198 held their first meeting since the fire. Marshall expects that once the sailboat is repaired, they will take it out in the Delaware Bay for a trip to Cape May.