A large boat carrying four passengers caught fire off Egmont Key in St. Petersburg Sunday.
The passengers on board ended up in the water and were picked up by another boater.
According to the coast guard, it is unclear at this time what started the fire on the 42-foot Hatteras.
Spectators said that all you could see from the shore was huge plumes of black smoke.
The boat will have to be pulled from the water in order to determine how the fire started.
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