LEE COUNTY, Fla. -- WINK News is learning new details surrounding Monday's frightening yacht fire. The boat caught fire two miles off Sanibel and eventually sunk to the bottom of the Gulf.
A salvage company is planning to pull it from the water later this week. During the fire, an emergency call went out to multiple agencies.
Luckily the couple on board that boat are ok. When it erupted in flames, first-responders activated a "MERT" call.
MERT means "Marine Emergency Response Team", and Monday's fire-fighting mission was a dangerous one.
"When fiberglass starts burning it's very toxic it's very deadly. You'd swear an aircraft had caught fire and went down. It's very black it's very acrid," said Iona-McGregor Deputy Chief Chad Jorgensen.
At any given time, eleven different fire departments, the Coast Guard, as well as law enforcement will rush to help you on the water.
Communication is key. All responding agencies talk to each other on one special channel to avoid confusion. "It's good to see when everything you worked for to put together actually performs the way its supposed to," said Coast Guard Petty Officer Todd Walter.
Who responses depends on where your emergency is. That's based on different zones.
"The call-takers entered the call based on their information the caller was providing," said Training and Operations Supervisor Robert Sewell. "Once they enter the call in the computer system, the dispatchers use a map layer that identifies the four closest departments."
Lee County's MERT response has been in action for 15 years.
FWC is investigating the cause of the yacht fire.