Speedboat Creates Waves To Douse British Columbia Wildfire

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Published: July 31, 2017

A boater used the power of his speedboat to create plumes of water in face of a wildfire along the shores of the Thompson River in Kamloops, British Columbia, on Saturday, July 29. Lorrie Jane Arnott captured the incident along the Thompson River on camera.

Boaters Koyne Watson and Tasha Hunt were chilling on their speedboat, when they noticed the fire break out on the river bank. Quick thinking got Koyne to circle near the shore and create huge rooster tails of water, aiming at the blaze. He cranked the 1000 horsepower motor in order to create a plume of water long enough to reach shore, while his passengers focused on remaining on the boat.

After a few tries, Koyne managed to douse the flames, after going over the water a few times.

Lorrie, who was on her own boat, said the boater made around eight attempts to douse the flames and his good deed attracted a round of applause from other people on the scene. “It could have spread but he nailed it a few times with the spray,” said Lorrie. “It definitely made a big difference.”

The wildfire burning near Kamloops was around 30 percent contained as of Monday morning, according to BC Wildfire Service.

Credit: Facebook/Lorrie Jane via Storyful

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