Yacht burst into flames in SF Bay

April 13, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
Three people were forced to jump into the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay this evening when their yacht went up in flames, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

One of the people on board a yacht motoring near the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge contacted the Coast Guard at 5:20 p.m. to report that there was a possible exhaust leak on the boat. While on the line with the officer, the boat passenger reported that there were now flames onboard, a Coast Guard officer said.

A rescue boat was dispatched to the boat's location, but before it arrived all three yacht passengers jumped into the bay, a Coast Guard officer said. A passing boat collected them from the waters, which is where the Coast Guard rescue boat found them 5 minutes later.

None of the passengers were injured, and the rescue boat returned them to the Emeryville marina, the Coast Guard reported.

A San Francisco Fire Department boat responded to extinguish the boat fire, the Coast Guard reported.