2 rescued from burning boat off Sanibel

2:28 PM, Mar 3, 2014   |    comments
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Photo courtesy Coast Guard Asset CG29130 via WINK News



Sanibel, Florida (News-Press) -- Two people jumped off a burning 40-foot boat two miles south of Sanibel on Monday morning.

The Cape Coral Fire Department reports that the two occupants were picked up from the water by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. They were transferred to a Cape Coral Fire Department boat and taken to the docks near Sanibel Causeway for evaluation.

Michael Heeder, Cape fire spokesman, said the two were conscious and stable, but where taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

The fire was reported around 11 a.m. and created a smoke plume that could be seen for miles.

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