Vessel Bottom Line Burned and Sank During the Start of the Bisbee's Black and Blue!

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The sport fishing yacht The Bottom Line is resting on the bottom on the Sea of Cortez. Minutes after the flare starting the 29th Annual Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament doused in the ocean, one of the participating sport fishing boats already miles away caught fire and sank.

It was miraculous no one was seriously injured

All seven crew members aboard were rescued by Sneak Attack, another tournament contestant. Mexican rescue boats and tournament officials were also quickly on the scene. Dave Lear from Silver King Communications was on the water to catch the action with his camera.

"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 tournament committee boat, Team Baja Cantina. "It was a tragic and a very humbling experience."

A total of 94 boats are competing in the world's richest sport fishing event. Anglers are vying for nearly $2 million in prize money. The Bottom Line, a 50-foot Hatteras convertible, home ported in Cabo and was coming off a 2nd place win in the Bisbee's Los Cabos Offshore Tournament that took place on Oct. 16-18.

Fishing will continue through Saturday, after a one-day delay due to Hurricane Rick.

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Info about the event can be found at http://www.sportfishermen.com and http://www.bisbees.com

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About Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament:
The Bisbee's Black & Blue Marlin Tournament is the world's richest billfish tournament with the most million dollar winners -- seven since 2003. An expected 150 teams will compete for over $3 million in cash awards. The event is covered extensively in both print and television with media crews coming from as far away as Japan and Russia. Weigh-ins are open to the public.

R. Wayne Bisbee, Director
Bisbee's Offshore Tournaments & Bluewater CUP Series

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