Salt Spring firefighters and the Canadian Coast Guard responded to a blazing boat fire Wednesday.
Salt Spring Island Fire and Rescue received the call at 5:38 p.m. The boat eventually sank on its own and firefighters were wrapped up by 1:15 a.m. Thursday.
Before the 70-foot boat sank, 10 firefighters in four trucks were at work along with the coast guard and Eagle Eye Marine Vessel Assist.
The coast guard attached a second anchor to the blazing boat to stop it from drifting to shore. But the agency was unable to help fight the fire because of risks posed by a large propane tank.
Salt Spring firefighters patrolled the surrounding shore, where wooden structures were at risk from flying embers, and extinguished a burning wooden dock that drifted in from the boat.
No one was on board. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.