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Private boat goes up in flames in Cancun waters

Cancun, Q.R. — A short circuit is being blamed for a fire that broke out on a small private vessel in Cancun waters Saturday.

The captain and two Argentinian passengers were forced to jump ship Saturday as the boat, Tango, became completely engulfed in flames.

Photo: PGR/Cancun Fire Department

The fire happened Saturday afternoon at the Embarcadero near the Calinda Bridge at Playa Linda in the Cancun Hotel Zone. Firefighters and nearby tourist police attended to the fire and its small crew.

The boat’s captain, 30-year-old José Manuel Muñoz Herrera, was taken to Amerimed hospital to be treated. Both his passengers were able to jump into the water and swim to shore. There was no report of injuries to either man.