8 rescued from boat fire in Long Island Sound off the coast of Branford

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BRANFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Emergency crews responded to a boat fire Thursday afternoon off the coast of Branford.

In a Facebook post, Branford Fire Department said they were dispatched at 1:19 p.m., with the U.S. Coast Guard responding along with mutual aid from Guilford Fire Department.

In photos sent to News 8, marine units could be seen working to put out the blaze with a large black cloud of smoke coming from the 70′ yacht.

Branford Fire Dept. reported, “The boat was five to seven miles from either harbor and well involved upon arrival. Eight people were rescued by nearby civilian boats and transported to shore by the Coast Guard without injuries. Despite our best efforts, the fire was too advanced and unsafe for boarding to reach the seat of the fire. The craft eventually sunk.”

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to address environmental issues.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

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