More than two dozen people, including a two-month-old baby, desperately jumped into a Utah lake on Wednesday after their houseboat burst into flames.
Creepy pictures show A man passes the small baby off the doomed ship to a family member floating in the water as intense fire burns on the bow.
Heavy plumes of black smoke rose from the double-decker boat as other boaters crossed Lake Powell to help the family of 29 to safety.
“Jump! Jump!” One of the good Samaritans is heard shouting. “Take the baby!”
Fortunately, all 29 boaters were safely evacuated before the boat burned to the hull and sank to the bottom of Glen Canyon National Park’s lake, 12 News reported.
The family had only been on board for 45 minutes when they heard what sounded like an explosion.
“We heard a big boom! Without knowing what it was, we went to investigate. We discovered that the motor on the houseboat had exploded and caught fire,” Maddy Tolman told KSL.com.
Heavy plumes of black smoke rose from the double-decker boat as other boaters crossed Lake Powell to help the family of 29 to safety.Deanie Wimmer/X
“Between five and ten minutes passed between the explosion and the time the ship was engulfed in flames.”
They all jumped from the burning boat and swam toward other boats that had been sailing in the Warm Creek Reservoir area when the incident unfolded.
Among the survivors were several children, including a two-month-old baby, an 8-year-old diabetic child, and three more primary school children.
“Fortunately no one was hospitalized. “No one was hurt,” Tolman said.
They all jumped from the burning boat and swam toward other boats that had been sailing in the Warm Creek Reservoir area when the incident unfolded. Deanie Wimmer/X
“We are grateful to be alive and grateful for those who saved our loved ones by stopping to pull us out of the water.”
The cause of the fire is under investigation, authorities said.