About 0615 local time on March 18, 2018, a fire broke out in the engine room of the commercial fishing vessel Ole Betts Sea while it was trawling in the eastern Gulf of Mexico. Unable to contain the fire, the crew of three abandoned the vessel to a liferaft about an hour later and were rescued by a Good Samaritan vessel. After burning for about 16 hours, the vessel sank approximately 18 miles northeast of the island of Garden Key, Dry Tortugas, Florida. No pollution or injuries were reported. The vessel was a total loss valued at $200,000.