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Coast Guard rescues 70-year-old man after sailboat explosion near Fort Myers Beach

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Posted at 7:46 AM, Aug 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-05 07:52:16-04

The Coast Guard rescued a 70-year-old man early Friday after a sailboat explosion near Fort Myers Beach. 

According to officials, the sailboat with the man onboard, came free from its mooring in Back Bay and caught another sailboat on fire in the mooring field behind Salty Sam's Restaurant. 

A Coast guard crew responded from Station Fort Myers Beach and rescued the man. He suffered minor burns and was transported by EMS to HealthPark Medical Center in Fort Myers. 

The fire on both sailboats was put out by Lee County Fire and Rescue, Cape Coral Fire and Rescue and the Coast Guard crew. 

Watch as crews worked to put out the fire: 

Lee County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. 

The name of the 70-year-old man has not been released.