4 Injured After Boat Catches Fire on James River

July 8, 2012

Officials say four people, including a rescue diver, were injured when a pleasure boat caught fire on the James River.

Multiple media outlets report that it happened Saturday night near Dutch Gap. Eight people were aboard the boat, about a quarter mile offshore. A witness told WTVR that everyone jumped into the water after the boat caught fire, and people could be heard screaming for help.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that two boaters were taken to area hospitals suffering burns. Lee Williams of Chesterfield Fire & EMS told the newspaper one of them was recovered under water. Another boater suffered unspecified injuries and was taken to a hospital.

Williams said a Chesterfield diver sustained what were believed to be minor injuries.

It was not immediately clear how the fire started.

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