ST. PETE BEACH — Four people escaped from a burning boat Sunday afternoon several miles off the Pinellas County coast, authorities said.
The U.S. Coast Guard was tending to the fire, which was near Egmont Key, said Mike De Nyse, a Coast Guard spokesman.
Nearby boaters gave refuge to passengers on the burning boat, De Nyse said.
The Coast Guard established a security zone to keep other boaters away from the area.
The names of the boaters had not been released Sunday night.