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Four boaters make it safely off boat fire on Lake Mendota

Photos from June Shakhashiri Photos from June Shakhashiri
Photos from June Shakhashiri Photos from June Shakhashiri

MADISON (WKOW) -- Four boaters are safe after their boat caught on fire on Lake Mendota Friday morning.

Officials say the Madison Fire Department's Lake Rescue Team responded to a boat fire on Lake Mendota around 9:45 a.m. on Friday. When crews arrived, the boat, located about 300 yards off shore from Captain Bill's restaurant, was fully engulfed in flames.

The lake rescue team launched two boats to help with extinguishing the fire. The ski boat was destroyed by the flames and began to sink while firefighters fought the flames.

A barge will be brought in to remove the partially submerged boat from the water. In the meantime, buoys were places in the water to mark the area to warn other boaters.

Officials say the four people onboard said they lost power shortly after launching the boat. When they noticed smoke coming from the engine compartment they tried extinguishing the fire, but they were unable to and jumped overboard. A nearby boater helped them out of the water. No one was injured.

Officials estimate the cost of damage to the boat and equipment is about $90,000.

Boats from the Dane County Sheriff's Office and the UW Lifesaving Station also responded to the fire and assisted on scene.

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Some boaters are safe after their boat caught on fire on Lake Mendota Friday morning.

The Dane County Sheriff's Office says they got a call around 9:46 a.m. Friday that a boat was on fire on Lake Mendota. They say they also learned then that all the occupants on the boat made it safely off. They say they were picked up by other boaters.

Madison and Middleton Fire Departments responded to the fire. Officials say they let the fire burn to the water line.

Officials say no on was hurt, but they are still unsure how many boaters were onboard the boat before it set fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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