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Coast Guard rescues 12 from burning boat on Lake Havasu

Twelve people were rescued Saturday on a burning boat on Lake Havasu by other boaters and a U.S. Coast Guard crew from San Diego that was in the area, officials said.

Someone aboard the 42-foot speedboat sent out a mayday call about 5 p.m. after the boat caught fire, Petty Officer 1st Class Henry Dunphy said. Recreational boaters in the area attempted to assist some people off the burning boat and the Aids to Navigation Team San Diego responded soon afterward.

The team rescued one person from the water and transported everyone to Windsor Beach in Lake Havasu State Park, where they were examined by emergency medical personnel, Dunphy said. No injuries were reported.

The boat burned down to the water line and will probably be pulled ashore by a vessel salvage company, Dunphy said. The cause of the fire was unknown.

-- Corina Knoll

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