8 people jump overboard after boat fire underneath Miami causeway

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. – A boat caught fire Saturday with 8 people onboard. One person was injured. The fire happened at the Miami Marine Stadium and could be seen from the Rickenbacker Causeway.

According to diners at a nearby restaurant, just before 9 p.m. Saturday, they heard an explosion. Witnesses said they then saw a boat in flames and people jumping off the vessel.

Miami Fire Rescue’s fire boat responded along with a dive team. A woman suffered burns and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center. The other 7 were evaluated at the scene, but no other injuries were reported.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is investigating what caused the explosion aboard the 20 to 30-foot boat.

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