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Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy used fire suppression on the boat. / Courtesy photo

On Saturday, Oct. 3, deputies with the Clark County and Cowlitz County sheriff’s offices responded to assist District 7 Fire units for a report of an occupied boat fire on Yale Lake.

The operator of the boat, a 60-year-old Portland man, suffered second-degree burns on his legs, and a second passenger, a 20-year-old Milwaukie woman, also sustained burns.

Both were transported to Legacy Emmanuel’s Burn Center following rescue.

A third passenger reported minor injuries, and a small dog that was also on the boat at the time managed to escape and was recovered.

Deputies suspect a fouled backfire flame arrestor may have been the cause of the fire, which burned the boat to its hull.

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