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Captain rescued after sailboat catches fire off southern Broward County

Man on boat was cooking breakfast when grill caught fire, tow boat captain says

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – A man was rescued after his sailboat caught fire Thursday morning off the coast of southern Broward County.

Sky 10 flew over the burning boat in the Atlantic Ocean as a Miami-Dade Fire Rescue boat doused it with foam and water.

Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue said there was a man rescued from the 41-foot sailboat, which was burning about seven miles east of Hallandale Beach Boulevard. He was not injured.

Jamie Callaghan, of TowBoatU.S. Fort Lauderdale, said the owner of the boat was heading north to his homeport in Chesapeake Bay when the boat caught fire. 

The boat captain jumped into the water and was rescued by the tow boat. 

"He was in his little inflatable raft," Capt. Ian Crochetiere, of TowBoatU.S. Ft. Lauderdale, said. "I showed up first and there was a center console that he was holding on to."

Callaghan said the charred boat was towed to Apex Marine in Miami. 

"It's pretty burned up," Crochetiere said. "He was cooking breakfast and the grill caught fire."

Authorities said the captain was the only person on the boat.