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Four escape boat fire near Courtney Campbell Causeway

TAMPA — A boat that grounded on the sand and caught fire in the waters near the Courtney Campbell Causeway Sunday night forced its four passengers to abandon ship and swim to shore, Tampa firefighters said.

Two adults and two children jumped overboard from the 25-foot Sea Ray about 9:30 p.m. after its engine, throttled in an attempt to clear the boat from a sandbar, caught fire. Besides a few scrapes from rocks, oyster beds or barnacles along the swim, the passengers were not injured, according to Tampa Fire Rescue.

Four escape boat fire near Courtney Campbell Causeway 03/09/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:36am]
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