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