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Coast Guard rescues 7 people, dog from burning boat in gulf

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GULFPORT, Miss. - Rescue crews saved seven people and a dog after their boat burst into flames near the Gulf Coast. 

The U.S. Coast Guard said a mayday call went out just before 9:30 a.m. Saturday near Gulfport, Mississippi. 

A nearby Coast Guard aircrew was diverted to the flaming 45-foot boat and deployed a life raft. Video taken from the aircraft showed the boat nearly engulfed in flames while the boaters floated in the water nearby.

Another Coast Guard crew arrived in a rescue vessel and picked up the boaters from the raft.  All seven people, as well as the dog, were taken back to Gulfport without any serious injuries. 


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