Boat Sinks At Sternwheel Festival

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MARIETTA – (AP) An investigation is underway to find the cause of a boat fire that took place Sunday at the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival.

The Marietta Fire Department received a call shortly before 1:30 Sunday afternoon about the blaze.

The twenty-five feet long boat caught fire with four people on board. Two sustained minor injuries and were sent to Marietta Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The fire took just over twenty minutes to extinguish and the boat eventually sank.

This all happened during the fortieth annual Ohio River Sternwheel Festival.

The boat’s ownner, Jeff Daugherty, tells WTAP all four people on the boat were able to jump off before sustaining any serious injuries.

The incident is under investigation by the Marietta Fire Department.