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Motoryacht Bliss burns, crew escape

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M/Y Bliss, an 80-foot Ferretti, caught on fire and was sunk about a mile off Miami Beach, Fla. on Nov. 24. Three people onboard were rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard after they jumped into the ocean, and none were injured.


Before the incident, the crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Sitkinak called in to USCG Sector Miami about 10 a.m. to report they were in the process of boarding the vessel when it caught on fire, said a spokesperson at the USCG.


The Coast Guard then issued an urgent marine information broadcast and launched a boat crew from Coast Guard Station Miami Beach to assist.


Capt. Chris Smith, owner of Sea Tow Miami, said his towboat heard a mayday call from a nearby good samaritan and went to the scene to assist if needed.


“We were there when the fire started, it was about a mile offshore,” he said. “The Dade county fire boat arrived and filled it with water.”


Smith said the yacht was sunk in about 720-feet of water and that the cause of the fire is unknown.


“We were told the crew said they had taken the yacht out for an outing,” Smith said. “The fire was going so fast, it was hard to tell where it started.”


The U.S. Coast Guard has closed their part of the incident, and their account can be read here: USCG report.

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