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Boat Burns, Sinks Off Avalon Harbor; 2 Safely Abandon Ship

The Real Joy sank 4 miles north of Avalon Harbor on June 20, 2014. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

The Real Joy sank 4 miles north of Avalon Harbor on June 20, 2014. (Credit: U.S. Coast Guard)

Two people escaped to safety in dinghy when the 40-foot boat they were traveling in caught fire and sank near Avalon Harbor on Friday morning, authorities said.

The U.S. Coast Guard was notified of the incident about 10:30 a.m., according to LLt. j.g. Sean Haley.

The 40-foot pleasure craft, named Real Joy, sank in 2,400 feet of water, Haley said.

The incident occurred 4 nautical miles north of Avalon, on Catalina Island.

The two people were taken by responding rescuers from Coast Guard Station Los Angeles-Long Beach to Avalon for evaluation, Haley said.

They were not injured.

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