Six people were rescued from a burning speedboat Thursday afternoon about five miles off Lower Matecumbe Key in Florida Bay.
The boat, a 40-footer, was still "burning pretty intensely" late in the afternoon and the U.S. Coast Guard put a blockade around it.
"It's not a security zone, just a safety area so people don't go near it. They can still be on the water, just avoid it," said Petty Officer Jon-Paul Rios from the Coast Guard's 7th District headquarters in Miami.
He said the call about the fire was received about 2 p.m. and by the time the Guard arrived, the six passengers had been rescued by a nearby boater. None of their names were immediately available, nor was the fire's cause.
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It's doubtful the vessel was racing in the ongoing Key West World Championship superboat races because boats participating in that event are trucked down U.S. 1 rather than brought in on the water.