From an interview
with the survivors they explained what happened:
"Fire, just boom, really quick," the father replied. "Within two minutes, we were totally engulfed."
The Woodards say the engine
was in neutral while they were sailing.
From the time of the alarm
, it took about half an hour to get the fire under control. Fire officials say the challenge was shooting enough water to extinguish the flames without sinking the fiberglass
But at about 3 PM, the "Keaoleleana" sank 800 feet.
"I don't know why or how it started," the elder Woodard said.
The Woodards say the custom-made sailboat was insured for $500,000, but was worth three times that.