3 Rescued From Burning Boat Off Long Island: Coast Guard

Monday, Apr 7, 2014  |  Updated 11:12 AM EDT
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3 Rescued From Burning Boat Off Long Island: Coast Guard

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The Coast Guard says it rescued three people stranded when their boat caught fire off Long Island Sunday. 

The three people abandoned their 36-foot cabin cruiser when it was engulfed by fire off Shinnecock Inlet and swam to a life boat they had deployed before a rescue crew from Coast Guard Station Shinnecock and the South Hampton Bay Constables reached them.

"They had only been in the water for a few minutes and they were already showing signs of mild hypothermia,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Rogers, of Coast Guard Station Shinnecock.

The three received medical attention when they reached shore.

Their boat, meanwhile, sank after the North Sea Fire Department put out the fire.

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