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Nine injured after massive explosion on yacht off New Jersey coast sinks boat and strands 21 people in ocean

An explosion aboard a yacht 17.5 miles off the coast of New Jersey forced all 21 people on board to abandon ship today with at least nine of them injured.

A Coast Guard helicopter and two rescue boats were on their way to the scene while other local government agencies and good Samaritans were also on their way, U.S. Coast Guard spokesman Brandon Brewer said.

A spokesman for the Gateway National Recreation Area said that while all 21 made it to life rafts,  nine people were believed to be injured with second- and third-degree burns.

Courtesy Dailly Mail

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