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U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men after 30-foot boat capsized while it was on fire

Fort Lauderdale, Florida – On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. Coast Guard rescued two men who didn’t make it very far after they left Broward County on their way to Bimini.
According to James Rigby, the boat’s captain, it all happened really fast. Just east of Port Everglades, residents and drivers saw a plume of dark smoke.
“We slowed the engine down. We cut it off and he had gone back down to try to extinguish the smoke and that got too big, then next thing we know the whole boat is catching on fire,” Rigby said.
The 30-foot boat capsized while it was on fire. Both, Rigby and the other man abandoned the ship.
Christian Johansson, who witnessed the fire, said flames were shooting up in the air.
“As soon as the superstructure caved in, it just kind of burned right through the freeboard all the way down to the waterline,” Johansson said.
The Coast Guard saved their lives. The crew gave them blankets and took them to the 15th street Marina in Fort Lauderdale. Paramedics treated only one of the boaters.

Raymond Simpson

Raymond Simpson is a California native, a longtime Coral Springs resident, and the Editor at TSFD. He lives with his family in Coral Springs, where you can find him on weekends running – literally running – with his two golden retrievers.

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