Man Escapes as $2M Sailboat Catches Fire, Sinks off Malibu Coast

Lifeguards rescued the sailor, who escaped the boat shortly after it went up in flames in Paradise Cove

By Robert Henry and Toni Guinyard
|  Wednesday, Apr 4, 2012  |  Updated 8:14 AM PDT
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Rescue crews bring a sailor ashore as fire crews fight a fire aboard his boat off Malibu. Raw video

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Rescue crews bring a sailor ashore as fire crews fight a fire aboard his boat off Malibu. Raw video

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One person escaped a $2 million sailboat after it caught fire and sank off the coast of Malibu Tuesday night, said Los Angeles County Fire officials.

The flames ignited the 55-plus foot vessel at around 11:30 p.m., said authorities.

There was only one person on board at the time, and he notified firefighters with a 911 call from his cellphone. The man was rescued by Los Angeles County lifeguards with a dinghy.

Firefighters had the fire out in about an hour, said officials, but the sailboat sank at around 3:30 a.m.

No one was hurt, and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

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