RAW: Captain rescued after sailboat burns off Florida coast

Posted at 7:38 PM, Jun 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-01 19:38:09-04

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (WPLG/CNN) - A sailboat captain was cooking breakfast on Thursday when the craft caught fire, prompting him to jump into the water off the coast of Florida.

A tow boat rescued the man who was riding in an inflatable raft, a tow boat captain told WPLG.

A Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat put out the fire with foam and water. The 41-foot sailboat was badly burned and towed in to a marina.

The captain was the only person on the boat, officials said.   

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