5 teens rescued from burning boat in Great South Bay off West Islip

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

GREAT SOUTH BAY, N.Y. (WABC) -- Five teens were rescued from a burning boat off of Long Island's South Shore.

On Thursday night, Suffolk police and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to a boat that caught fire around 9:30 p.m. The boat was just east of the Robert Moses Bridge in the Great South Bay off of West Islip. Reportedly, currents had taken the boat into a canal and the engine overheated, then caught fire.

The teens -- two 15-year-olds, two 18-year-olds and a 19-year-old -- jumped out after their boat caught fire.

The five were picked up by the Coast Guard. None was injured.

Firefighters from the West Islip Fire Department extinguished the fire, and the boat was towed to a marina.