Small boat catches fire near the Queen Mary; 2 rescued

Fire officials rescued two people from a boat that was on fire near the Queen Mary this afternoon.

It’s not clear why the 26-foot vessel caught fire, but firefighters and lifeguards rushed to it around 2 p.m., Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Jack Crabtree said.

There was heavy smoke coming from the motorboat and rescuers quickly got the two people aboard onto a fire vessel, according to Crabtree. Neither was seriously hurt.

Firefighters had the flames out within about 15 minutes and began towing the boat back to a mooring, Crabtree said.

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Jeremiah Dobruck is the breaking news editor for the Long Beach Post. He began his journalism career in 2007 as an intern at Palos Verdes Peninsula News and has worked for The Forum Newsgroup in New York City, the Daily Pilot and the Press-Telegram. He lives in Torrance with his wife, Lindsey, and their two young children, Paul and Simon.
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