Boat Fire in Boston Sends Father and Son to Hospital
August 29, 2011
Boston.com: A father and his teenage son were taken to the hospital yesterday evening after their sailboat burst into flames on Dorchester Bay.
The man, 58, suffered burns on his arms and hands, and his son, whose age was unknown, was taken for a check-up, though he did not appear to be injured, said Boston Fire Department spokesman Steve MacDonald. Fire officials did not release the names of the victims.
The Boston Fire Department received the call at about 5:10 p.m., and the fire was fully extinguished about an hour later, officials said.
The man and his son were working on the motor of a sailboat that was tied up in the bay when there was an explosion, according to fire officials. A small motorboat from the Savin Hill Yacht Club went out to rescue the father and son and bring them to shore, where Boston Emergency Medical Services then transported them to the hospital, said fire officials.
The sailboat was entirely engulfed in flames about 200 yards from the shore at about 5:20 p.m., with a dark cloud of smoke rising hundreds of feet into the sky and drifting over Morrissey Boulevard. A Fire Department boat extinguished the flames.
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