The 46 foot boat caught fire at around 5:30pm around 300 feet from the shore. The Coast Guard and the Hempstead Bay Constables were the first on the scene and got the six people onto another boat. Nobody was seriously injured.
Wantagh and Freeport fire departments responded with fire boats, but had trouble getting close to the boat because it was right next to the jetty. The fire spread quickly and destroyed the yacht.
The cause is under investigation.
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