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Abandon ship: fire aboard!

The Coast Guard rescued three people Sunday from the water after their boat caught fire near Shinnecock, N.Y.

The fire engulfed the 36-foot cabin cruiser and the three people abandoned the vessel into the water to swim to their deployed life raft. Within minutes of the notification, a Coast Guard boatcrew arrived on scene and rescued the three people.

“By the time we got under way the three people abandoned into water to get in their life raft,” said petty officer second class Patrick Rogers of Coast Guard Station Shinnecock. “The owner remained on the phone with me up until the very end and the fire was burning out of control. He told me ‘I have to get off this boat!’ ”

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