Man uses Jet Ski to put out boat fire in Florida

By Ben Hooper
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May 2 (UPI) -- A Florida man who is training to be a paramedic was recorded using a Jet Ski to splash water on a flaming boat and put out the fire.

Bret Townsend, an EMT who is training to be a paramedic, said he used the Jet Ski to approach the boat after it caught fire near a sandbar in Tequesta on Sunday afternoon and made sure there was no one remaining aboard the vessel.


"My concern was the boat was going to blow off to the side, maybe catch something else on fire or get down into the fuel tank, maybe explode or leak oil into the water," Townsend told WPEC-TV.

Townsend posted a video to Facebook showing him riding the jet ski toward the boat at a high speed and turning at the last moment, splashing water on the flames.

The maneuver took about 10 minutes to completely extinguish the fire, Townsend said.

Townsend said he is hoping to get a job with Palm Beach Fire Rescue when he graduates paramedic school in July.

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