Fisherman says mishap with flare ignited boat fire in Altamonte Springs
2nd boater helps rescue man on Lake Orienta
ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – A boat caught fire early Friday on Lake Orienta in Altamonte Springs.
According to officials, a man was fishing from the boat when he said the motor stalled. He said he tried to use a flare to alert others that he was in distress, but the flare shot into the boat, igniting it.
Video from Local 6 helicopter Sky 6 showed large flames lifting skyward from the boat.
Another boater helped rescue the man, who was wearing a lifevest, and towed the boat to the shoreline, where firefighters doused the flames.
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