Video footage captured the moment a boat went up in flames on Sunday, after the crew reportedly circled and harassed passengers on a yacht waving flags of pride and transgender rights.
TikTok video shows a boat sailing past a yacht on Moses Lake in Washington, with a woman appearing to give the passengers the middle finger.
The boat then sailed past the yacht, but smoke was soon able to rise from their ship.
The two passengers were swimming toward the larger ship when their speedboat caught fire.
A caption to the video read: ‘Karma hits boaters who harassed our boat and twirled after seeing our pride flags’.
The video ends with the yacht driving off as the speedboat goes up in flames
In a viral video, a speedboat sails past a yacht waving pride and transgender rights flags
The video, which has gone viral with more than 1.5 million likes on the video platform, ends with an image of the burnt-out speedboat.
It was uploaded by TikTok user UhOhBigBoi with the caption: ‘We got them safely out of the water right away. We were nicer than them #karma.’
It is not clear from the video what happened before the skippers passed the ship and gave them the middle finger.
Another passenger also posted the video and photos of the altercation on Twitter, writing: ‘These people harassed my family for waving gay pride flags in Moses Lake Washington, racing around us and yelling gay insults. Then their boat literally exploded! #KarmaIsReal’
Shortly after, smoke begins to rise from the boat
The passengers on board swim to the yacht as their speedboat catches fire
The speedboat was eventually burned, as seen in the viral video
A Twitter user, who asked to be referred to as “Robbie,” tweeted about a speedboat bursting into flames at Lake Moses in Washington, claiming it happened after the passengers circled their ship and harassed them for their gay pride pride. and transgender rights flags
Speak with Buzzfeed news, the Twitter user, who identified himself as “Robbie” only to protect his family, said he was on the boat with his girlfriend, his brother and his brother’s partner who flew multiple LGBTQ and transgender rights flags when they met the other boat was approaching and saw the woman turning them off.
“Then the boat made a quick sharp turn back toward us and went around us,” Robbie told Buzzfeed. “Then…I personally heard someone yell what I thought was the word ‘gays,’ so I asked my brother to pick up his phone and shamelessly pick it up, hoping it would prevent conflict if they noticed.”
He said the other boat circled them six or seven times, creating big waves.
“They then tried to run away when they left a large cloud of smoke around the area we occupied,” Robbie said. “After a moment we heard a loud recoil and a sputter coming from the boat.
“Although I couldn’t see the boat in the direction, I did see a cloud of black smoke rising rapidly.”
“The driver, possibly embarrassed, then rushed to start the vehicle again,” Robbie recalled. “A few more moments pass and we hear an incredibly loud explosion from the direction they were going.
Our driver yelled, ‘Holy c***, they exploded!’
At that point, Robbie said he and his family were going to rescue the passengers.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office posted on Facebook that they wanted to speak to those who posted the video and tweeted the incident for more information.
The Grant County Sheriff’s Office has since confirmed that a boat fire occurred around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, with Sheriff Tom Jones telling Buzzfeed that officers and the local fire department attended the scene, where they extinguished the flames and towed the scorched boat to shore. .
Jones said he doesn’t yet know what started the fire, but officers at the scene were told it came from the engine compartment in the center of the speedboat.
“The passengers of the boat that caught fire swam and boarded the boat they circled,” Jones confirmed to Buzzfeed, noting that the boat owner and passenger boat suffered burns but refused medical treatment.
In a message to Facebook On Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department said: “Right now we are trying to contact the occupants of the ship being encircled so that we can interview them to find out what happened.
“We would like to know more, and as soon as we can interview people, we will be able to find out more without relying solely on a short video,” the agency reported.
Anyone with information about the incident can call Jones at (509) 750-7301 or email him at Tjones@grantcountywa.gov.