1 injured after boat catches fire near Peanuts Island in Riviera Beach

RIVIERA BEACH, Fla. — A man is recovering from minor burns after a boat caught fire near Peanut Island Friday afternoon.

The fire was reported around 3:40 p.m. and Riviera Beach Fire and Rescue said there were six to seven passengers on board when the fire broke out.

Rescuers transported a man to St. Mary’s Medical Center with minor burns while firefighters extinguished the blaze.

Witness Bill Westley told WPTV the captain started the engine and was blown off the boat.

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Boat fire near Peanut Island.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.