A boating trip on the Dead River Basin was cut short when the boat caught fire shortly after launch Thursday night.
The Marquette County Sheriff’s Department says it happened around eight Thursday evening. Deputies say the boat’s owner, Marquette resident Ryan Hammack, told them he noticed smoke coming from the instrument panel and the engine compartment. Two fire extinguishers failed to put out the blaze. The people in Hammack’s boat transferred to another boat and were taken to shore. The boat was fully engulfed in flames by time rescuers arrived on scene.