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Updated: 03/14/2014 08:00:04AM

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In this Sept. 10, 2013 photo provided by MacDill Air Force Base, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, pilot Lt. Cmdr Nick Toth holds up a fish in front of his Gulfstream G-IV at the base in Tampa, Fla. An osprey carrying the nine-inch sheepshead flew in front of the jet as it prepared to takeoff and dropped the fish causing it to strike the plane. The NOAA crew aborted the flight. (AP Photo/Ho, MacDill Air Force Base)

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Yacht burns off Sanibel

ABC7 — Carl and Terry Natale were heading from Fort Myers to Captiva Monday afternoon when their 64-foot yacht caught fire off the coast of Sanibel Island. They smelled smoke and heard an alarm, then saw the smoke and flames. Within a minute, both jumped into the water to escape the fire. They spoke to ABC7 about how they got away unharmed. Carl says a nearby boater rescued them after less than ten minutes in the water. The Coast Guard and Lee County responded. Crews could not fight the 20-foot flames and decided to let the yacht burn and sink. The cause of the fire remains unknown. The insurance company is handling everything and the Natales tell ABC7 they’re glad they survived a potentially deadly situation.

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