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Boat catches fire, sinks during Bisbee's Cabo San Lucas marlin tournament

October 22, 2009 | 10:47 am
Bisbee's - The Bottom Line-1

*Updated with photos and a quote from tournament director Wayne Bisbee

The 50-foot Bottom Line caught fire and sank today off the Palmilla Hotel during the first day of the Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament off Cabo San Lucas.

The anglers and crew were rescued by neighboring anglers. No injuries were reported.

“It was miraculous no one was seriously injured,” said tournament director Wayne Bisbee, as he and the rescued anglers watched the burning vessel slowly dip below the surface aboard the committee boat. “It was a tragic and a very humbling experience.”

The annual tournament, which is  the world's richest billfish competition, began a day later than scheduled because of a tropical storm. Anglers aboard 94 boats--make that 93--are competing for $2 million in prize money.  The tournament will conclude Saturday.

-- Pete Thomas

Bisbee's - The Bottom Line-5

Photos: Bottom Line on fire and sinking soon after the start of the Bisbee's Black and Blue Jackpot Tournament off Cabo San Lucas. Credit: Bisbee's