Eight people rescued after motorboat catches fire

HARTLAND, Maine - Game wardens respond to a 4th of July boat fire on Morrill Pond in Hartland.

Shortly before 3:00 p.m., eight people were rescued after a motorboat they were in caught fire.

The boat’s owner, 43 year old Christopher Gibson from Acworth, Georgia, told game wardens that all eight of his passengers made it to shore safely. Members of Hartland Fire Department as well as boaters on the water assisted in getting all eight people safely to shore before game wardens arrived on scene.

All eight-people escaped this incident without injury.

In the boat with Gibson were five passengers, all under age 16.

Gibson was also towing his son and his son’s friend on a tube behind the boat when the fire began.

The motorboat that caught fire was a 1997 Rinker that was 18-feet long.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, however it appears to have started from within the engine compartment.