MIAMI, Fla. — The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three boaters after their vessel caught fire Friday roughly 30 miles east of Miami Beach.
The 60-foot yacht, named Family Time, burst into flames around 3:20 p.m.
The owner radioed authorities to say the flames started in the engine room and forced all three people aboard to abandon ship. Just minutes later, a Coast Guard cutter rescued them.
Nobody was hurt.
“Anytime there is a maritime emergency, time is essential," Lt. Joshua Tucker, commanding officer of the cutter Robert Yered, said in a press release. "In this case, we were able to quickly get on scene and verify everyone from the pleasure craft was able to get off safely.”
Officials say the owner plans to come back with a commercial salvage crew to recover the boat.
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