70-foot yacht sinks after catching fire near Branford River, Connecticut

A 70-foot yacht sank in Long Island Sound near Branford River Thursday after catching fire.

The Branford Fire Department was dispatched to the smoking yacht around 1:19 p.m. Thursday.

Civilian boaters rescued eight passengers from the yacht, which was five to seven miles from the Branford River and Stony Creek harbours. The passengers were not injured and were transported to the U.S. Coast Guard, the fire department said.

The yacht, however, was engulfed in flames and eventually sank, according to the Branford Fire Department.

“Despite our best efforts the fire was too advanced and unsafe for boarding to reach the seat of the fire,” the Branford Fire Department posted on its Facebook page.

Teams from Branford River and Stony Creek responded, as well as the U.S. Coast Guard and the Guilford Fire Department. The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to address environmental issues, the fire department said.

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