MALIBU—A boat caught fire off of the coast of Malibu on Tuesday, May 17. Two adults and their dog were aboard the vessel when it caught fire, forcing them to jump overboard and tread water until help arrived.
Lydia Barillas of the Los Angeles County Lifeguards told KTLA that lifeguards were contacted regarding the 45-foot burning boat at about 7:30 a.m.
A private vessel in the area rescued the two stranded people and their dog and kept them aboard until the coast guard arrived, according to Barillas.
The burning boat was described as a cabin cruiser and was located about three-quarters of a mile from Leo Carrillo State Beach, based on a tweet from the Ventura County Fire Department.
The two victims of the burning boat and their dog were taken aboard a U.S. Coast Guard vessel where they were treated for possible injuries. The Los Angeles County Fire Department tweeted, “Motor vessel is 3/4 mile off Leo Carrillo State BCH. W/ the help of a Good Samaritan the 2POB & dog were quickly rescued unharmed.”
A firefighter ship arrived to douse the boat that was fully engulfed in flames. Ariel coverage from KTLA’s Sky5 showed images of the burning boat at sea. Officials are still investigating the exact cause of the fire.