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Key West ferry crew saves a family of 3 from boat fire

A family of three was rescued on Monday by Key West Ferry Express crew members.
A family of three was rescued on Monday by Key West Ferry Express crew members.

The Key West Express ferry crew rescued a family of three whose boat had capsized and caught fire, according to witnesses and dramatic video posted on social media.

No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire wasn’t immediately available.

On its way to Key West from Fort Myers in the Gulf of Mexico, the ferry crew received a distress call of a boat on fire on Monday. The ferry was about three miles away when it got the call, according to a Facebook post by Jeremy Reed.

The ferry captain told those in the burning boat to get in the water and that the ferry would be there momentarily.

“When we arrived, The Key West Express crew was amazing and pulled the people from the water. Everyone was OK,” Reed said.

“The crew provided dry clothing and cared for all their needs,” Reed posted. “We were relieved knowing all were OK. Sadly we had to leave the burning boat behind. … There was nothing that could be done on our end as the flames got bigger.”

A Lee County man on board the ferry, Frank Klaput, took video of the rescue of the family. The people on the boat are from Sarasota and were on the way back from a Keys getaway. No one was hurt, Klaput said, although the fire looked serious..

“You could see the flames and everything coming out. It looked like an engine fire,” he told NBC2.

Gwen Filosa: @KeyWestGwen

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