Near Miss On The MV Saifon
On the afternoon of May the 2nd, the MV Saifon was pulled out of the water for her annual up-slip, for her remake and refitting. Everything has been going to plan if not better. On the morning of May 17th, my alarm clock had already run though it’s three snoozes and I was laying in bed considering another hour or so since we had nothing pressing to attend to when my mobile phone rang. I laid in bed considering whether or not to answer it when I realized the call came from Captain Sombat.
He had called me uncharacteristically late the night before and told me he had had an idea for the boat and that I should come in the morning to discuss it with him. I choose to answer the call “Hey Bat” and immediately I got a screaming voice on the phone “Pi Chai (Big brother) come quickly!!! The boat is on fire!!!” and he hung up!
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Needless to say I did not make a cup of coffee that morning. I got out the house and jumped on my bike and as soon as I turned the corner I could see a big cloud of black smoke in the distance. My heart sunk!! I arrived at the boat yard in record time and I was just heartbroken. I could not believe my eyes.
As I watched in disbelief the fire came from the living quarters (shacks) of the boat yard workers. Our bumper tires had been stacked between the boat and the shacks and as the heat coming from the shacks grew hotter the tires ignited and then the boat was threatened. As the tires incinerated the heat from them grew and grew and just as the firefighters started to roll out their hoses the side of the hull spontaneously ignited. Lucky that the boys in blue were close by.
The damage is certainly more than one would wish for but all in all we have been lucky not to loose the boat.
What an exciting life we lead!!