Two boats struck by lightning

Aug 9, 2022

Two boats in Onset Harbor were struck by lightning during dramatic thunderstorms at about 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 9. 

Per the Department of Natural Resources, first responders were first alerted to a sailboat that was struck by lightning with one person aboard. The Department of Natural Resources and Onset Fire sent boats, along with a tow boat, to where the boat was moored off Wickets Island.

While those boats were en route, Onset Fire personnel on the pier were told that there was smoke coming from the cabin of the Miss Chris fishing boat. Upon further investigation, crews found an active fire on board.

Onset Fire got to work controlling the fire aboard the Miss Chris. Once the Department of Natural Resources crews determined that the sailboat wasn’t taken on water, they returned to the pier to assist with that effort.

The sailboat was brought to the pier for assessment, and the tow boat took control of the fishing boat.

No injuries were reported in either incident.