At least 13 people were injured and seven of them were hospitalized this Thursday, two in critical condition, after the explosion of a pleasure yacht that ended up catching fire in a channel in Fort Lauderdale, South Florida (USA), according to local authorities.
The burning vessel was tied to a wall at the Lauderdale Marine Center, a yacht repair center east of I-95 and 29 miles north of Miami (46 km), according to airborne images on channel 4 of CBS.
According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Battalion Chief Stephen Gollan, the yacht was sailing down the South Fork New River with 21 people on board when the explosion occurred, which threw the passengers into the water.
A helicopter on Channel 4 was able to capture the moment when a team of firefighters struggled to put out the fire, whose origin was still unknown this Thursday.
The 12-meter-long yacht looked carbonized on deck, while a thick column of black smoke came out from its interior, according to aerial images.