Coast Guard Responds to Sailboat Explosion off California's Coast

Coast Guard MH-65 Dolphin helicopter Los Angeles, California
A crew aboard Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco's Forward Operating Base Point Mugu MH-65 Dolphin helicopter conducts an overflight near an anchorage site off the coast of Los Angeles, California, April 23, 2020. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Two people were taken to a hospital burn unit Saturday after an explosion aboard their 54-foot sailboat off California's coast.

The Coast Guard said its boat and helicopter crews responded, and the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Baywatch Avalon brought the pair to Santa Catalina Island.

A Mercy Air helicopter crew then flew them to the Torrance Hospital Burn Victim Unit.

The Coast Guard towed the vessel back to Avalon.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Arson division is investigating the cause of the explosion, but there were no reports of environmental damage or pollution.

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