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Two people jump into water to escape boat fire, suffered burns

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Alex Riggins
The San Diego Union-Tribune

Two people suffered burn injuries Thursday afternoon when a boat they were on caught fire on Mission Bay, authorities said.

The fire aboard the 30-foot cabin cruiser was reported about 3:15 p.m. while the boat was on the water near Dana Landing, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.

Two burn patients were taken to shore to be treated, the Fire-Rescue Department said in a tweet. The severity of their injuries was not immediately known, but both were taken to UC San Diego Medical Center’s burn unit in Hillcrest.

Thick black smoke from the vessel billowed into the air over the Mission Bay area before firefighters knocked down most of the flames. Lifeguards towed the vessel to Ventura Cove on Bahia Point so firefighters could fully extinguish the blaze.

Part of the process of ensuring the fire was completely out involved spraying a special foam on the boat. The United States Coast Guard was headed to the scene to help mitigate fuel runoff.

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