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U.S. Coast Guard investigates explosion aboard sailboat near Avalon; two people burned

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Posted at 5:48 PM, Jun 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-07 01:56:26-04

The United States Coast Guards and partner agencies responded to a report of an explosion on a sailboat near Avalon Saturday morning.

Shortly before 11 a.m., watchstanders at the Los Angeles-Long Beach Coast Guard sector received a call of a reported explosion aboard a 54-foot sailboat with two people aboard the vessel.

Crews from the Coast Guard and Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the incident.

Baywatch Avalon transported the two people to Pebbly Beach and transferred them to a Mercy Air helicopter crew. The Mercy Air crew then transported the two people to the Torrance Hospital Burn Victim Unit.

Additionally, Coast Guard watchstanders launched a 45-foot response boat, as well as a Dolphin helicopter crew from the Coast Guard Air Station in San Francisco.The Coast Guard towed the vessel back to Avalon, according to officials.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department Arson division.

According to the Coast Guard, there have been no reports of environmental damage or pollution as a result of the incident.