David Ide

Here at Fort Lauderdale Sportfishing, customer safety is Priority One – above all other things, even catching fish. When you come fishing with us, you don’t see the behind-the-scenes work that our Team devotes to prevention of at-sea emergencies and preparation to respond to emergencies.


It may not seem obvious but ship fires are among the most dangerous and dreaded of onboard accidents and can lead to serious injuries.

There are a number of ways that a fire might start aboard a vessel. Faulty electrical wiring is one. A short in the electrical system can easily start a fire. An overheating engine or motor may also start a fire, and a fuel leak can either start a fire or make a fire much worse. Fires may also begin in the galley with the stove or other cooking equipment. The most common cause of shipboard fires is related to equipment malfunction of some kind and a fire is most likely to start in the engine room.

If you are aboard a vessel that has caught fire, the only escape is overboard, either with or without a lifeboat. Putting a fire out on a vessel is also challenging. It may be surrounded by water, but there are no firefighters with high-powered hoses at your disposal.


We at Lady Pamela Sportfishing are well aware of these fire risks and have taken the following steps to ensure the safety of our customers and our Team:



  • Fire Suppression Systems: We have installed the best-of-breed Fireboy Automatic Fire Suppression Systems on all of our vessels. These systems respond immediately to fires in engine rooms and critical spaces to extinguish fires before they can threaten our vessels



  • Fire Drills and Rehearsals: Our Team constantly conducts fire drills and rehearses at-sea emergency scenarios so that our crews are prepared to react quickly and professionally



  • Preventative Maintenance: Our Team is constantly inspecting and re-inspecting our vessels to prevent any electrical or machinery issues that could lead to a fire or any other emergency




It’s been one year since our captain and crew raced to the scene to save the crew of a burning charter vessel. We are so happy we were there to make sure everyone made it home safe to their families. Although we suffered damage to our boat during the rescue, you can’t put a price on safety at sea. Here is a video of the daring rescue.


When you fish with us a Lady Pamela Sportfishing, not only will you catch the most exciting South Florida saltwater species but you will arrive back to the dock safe and sound.

Tight Lines,
Captain David

Fish Species: Mahi, Tuna, Kingfish
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David Ide

About The Author: Captain David Ide

Company: Lady Pamela Sportfishing

Area Reporting: Fort Lauderdale, FL

Bio: My name is Captain David and I run the largest fishing fleet of professional sportfishing captains in the state. I always say we have the best crew in the industry because of our hard work ethic and passion for fishing including conservation of our oceans. Join me or one of our crew as we chase trophy Mahi, Sailfish, Tuna, Sharks, Wahoo and much more!

(954) 761-8045
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