A pleasure yacht caught fire off the coast of the Florida Keys on Thursday and required intervention by the U.S. Coast Guard to help control the situation.
KeysWeekly.com reports that officers with the Coast Guard and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation responded to the scene at about 1:15 p.m. to find the 56-foot boat fully engulfed in flames.
Apparently, two Canadians were aboard the boat, named “N Our Way,” when the boat began to suffer mechanical issues. The mechanical issues persisted and led to the vessel catching fire, but the two passengers were able to escape by moving to an inflatable dinghy that that larger vessel was towing. The passengers escaped unharmed.
The vessel burned off the coast of Islamorada as an onlooker recorded the scene.
Authorities were able to tow the boat to a more secure location in order to prevent the boat from drifting out to sea. They then allowed the fire to burn itself out.
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