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Boat With 42 Passengers Catches Fire Off Australian Shore – Medics

© Flickr / Lawrence WangLady Musgrave Island
Lady Musgrave Island - Sputnik International
A boat reportedly with 42 passengers caught fire Wednesday off Australia’s eastern coast, the local ambulance service said.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) The unidentified boat was stranded 10 nautical miles off Lady Musgrave Island, a coral cay on Australia's Great Barrier Reef near the Queensland state.

"Paramedics on scene at boat fire, 10 nautical miles offshore from Lady Musgrave Island," Queensland Ambulance service tweeted. "Reports all occupants have been accounted for without injury."

ABC news reported that the boat is sinking after a fire started in its engine room. Passengers were able to get away on rafts, the public broadcaster indicated.

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