Two rescued as boat catches fire on Minnesota lake

The boat sustained heavy damage.
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Two boaters were rescued on a lake north of the Twin Cities after their craft caught fire.

The blaze broke out on the boat around 6 p.m. Friday on Comfort Lake, Wyoming.

The Wyoming Police Department said that fortunately some bystanders "sprung into action" to rescue the two people on the boat before the fire became fully developed.

The fire department was then able to put out most of the fire from the shore, while another boat was launched to spray the vessel from nearby.

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It's been a relatively safe year on Minnesota lakes so far in 2019, which is possibly down to the inclement spring weather seeing fewer people take to the water.

There has only been one confirmed boating death in the state so far this year, which happened last weekend when a man died as he tried to climb back onto his running boat near Detroit Lakes.

Up until Apr. 30, there hadn't been a single fatal or non-fatal recreational boating accident in the state.

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