The cause of the blaze aboard the 31-foot Double Trouble II has not been determined, Nickles said Monday as he stood by the remnants of the burned vessel, which was surrounded by yellow tape. There were no immediate responses to an email message left Monday afternoon with the
Nickles said he does not believe it was intentionally set.
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The fire was discovered about
The boat is insured, Nickles said, but he does not know if the insurance covers lost income. He said he generally fishes throughout the year, hauling a few traps during the winter and taking urchin divers out during the winter.
The Double Trouble was built 16 years ago by his father,
He said friends have offered use of their boats for him to haul his traps. His father and uncles also have boats that he can use, he said.
"I definitely feel the love," Nickles said about the offers of help.
But he acknowledged that the loss of the boat is significant.
"It sucks. It's my life," he said.
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