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Yacht burns off Miami Beach

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  • The blaze broke out Saturday around 10 a.m.
  • The yacht's three passengers were able to escape.
  • It was not immediately known what started the fire.
Yacht burns off Miami Beach

Miami Beach-goers were welcomed to the sandy shores with a scary scene on Saturday. An 80-foot yacht burst into flames about a mile offshore, sending thick, black smoke billowing into the clear Florida air.

According to the Coast Guard, three people were aboard the “Bliss” when it caught fire around 10 a.m. All three jumped into the water and were rescued. When the blaze broke out, crew members from the Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak were already nearby waiting to board the yacht for a routine inspection.

Captain Fernando Sordo of Sea Tow Miami saw the fire firsthand. He said, “By the time I got there, it was -- it started from the top of the vessel -- the motor yacht -- and then it just started working its way down just eating up all the fiberglass."

The Coast Guard's Miami Beach station and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue both responded and worked together to extinguish the fire.

The yacht was partially submerged Saturday afternoon and commercial salvage was being arranged to tow it back to shore, the Coast Guard said.

It was not immediately known what started the fire.

CNN's Wires team contributed to the reporting in this article.

 

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