We were running our 30 foot tender from Cat Key to Bimini, using
the inshore track. About a mile South of Bimini we saw the oil
pressure needle drop to zero. We also noticed a smell of burning
plastic. We throttled back and pulled into neutral while we saw
black smoke emerging from the console. I went forward, dropped the
anchor and got our fire extinguisher. Coming aft, I saw flames
shooting from the Center Console, which houses electronics and
diesel engine. The radio was dead so we decided to activate
our ACR personal locator beacon. Not knowing whether the fire
would increase if the console was opened, we emptied the
extinguisher into the console through small openings. This
effectively extinguished the...
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