No injuries were sustained after a vessel caught fire a half-mile offshore on the oceanside of Snake Creek near Islamorada on Thursday afternoon.

Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation officers and the U.S. Coast Guard responded around 1:15 p.m. to what was a fully-engulfed boat. According to FWC, the 56-foot Prestige cabin vessel, named N Our Way,” out of Aventura, experienced a mechanical failure on the vessel as smoke and fire moved throughout the vessel.

Two people on board from Canada  were able to escape by jumping on the vessel’s small inflatable dinghy that was tied behind the vessel. Towboat was also on scene and was able to secure a line to the vessel and tow it to a shallow water flat to keep it from drifting out to sea. The vessel continued to burn itself out and will be removed tomorrow by commercial salvage.

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Jim McCarthy believes in community reporting, giving back and life on the water. A workout fanatic, diver and a bogey-golfer, Jim loves chicken wings, Marvel movies and sports.