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2 rescued after explosion starts sailboat fire

Sunday - 5/27/2012, 1:56pm  ET

HACKS POINT, Md. (AP) - A Pennsylvania man and his 3-year-old son were rescued in a northwest Maryland river by a passing boater after an engine explosion set his sailboat on fire.

The 28-foot Columbia Cabin sailboat was traveling on the Bohemia River near Scotchman Creek on Saturday afternoon when the engine stopped.

When 52-year-old Douglas Pinnard of Morgantown, Pa., tried to restart the engine, Maryland Natural Resources Police say the engine exploded, setting the vessel afire. Pinnard and his 3-year-old son were rescued by a passing vessel.

Fire companies from Hacks Point, Cecilton and Chesapeake City responded, but police say the boat was a total loss.


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