New Hampshire yacht fire on the river forces three people and two dogs to jump overboard

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Three people and two dogs had to jump from a 70-foot yacht into the New Hampshire Piscataqua River when the vessel caught fire Saturday afternoon.

All three passengers were transported to a local hospital and released after being treated. Their dogs are also “safe and well,” New Hampshire State Police said.

Passengers jumped overboard after seeing black smoke under the deck.

Passengers jumped overboard after seeing black smoke under the deck.
(New Hampshire State Police)

The boat, Elusive, was on its way to Wentworth Marina in New Castle when one of the passengers saw black smoke under the deck around noon.

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The New Hampshire State Police Navy Patrol, Coast Guard and other agencies responded on the scene and tried to rescue the yacht, but the tide took it out of the harbor and it sank less than two hours after it caught fire.

A Good Samaritan was also involved in the rescue effort when the passengers jumped overboard, according to the Coast Guard.

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It is unclear how the fire started. Pictures posted online by law enforcement show thick black smoke pouring out of the vessel, which appeared to be completely engulfed in flames.

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