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Man severely burned in boat fire in Provincetown Harbor

Smoke billowed from a boat that caught fire in Provincetown Harbor on Sunday.Michael O’Loughlin/Globe staff

A man was severely burned Sunday afternoon when a boat caught fire in Provincetown Harbor.

The boat, which was near MacMillian Pier, had two men onboard, according to a prepared statement from Provincetown Public Pier Corp., the managing entity for the pier. Shortly after leaving the dock, they started experiencing engine trouble, according to the statement. The engine then exploded and both men were thrown into the water, the statement said.

Assistant Harbormaster John DeMatteis was on routine patrol and was near the vessel when the explosion occurred, sending flames and thick black smoke high into the air, the statement said.


DeMatteis was able to rescue both men from the water and bring them back to the pier.

The man with severe burns was flown by helicopter to Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, according to the statement.

The Coast Guard towed the boat to a safe location off the coast of Truro, where it later sank.

Images on social media of boat fire

Kyle Plantz can be reached at kyle.plantz@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter at @kylejplantz.