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Two men jump from burning yacht off coast of Brighton

Yacht on fire off coast of Brighton
Image caption It is thought the fire on board the yacht may have started in the engine

Two men have been rescued after a yacht caught fire off the coast of Brighton.

Witnesses said they heard a loud bang then saw the eight-metre long vessel engulfed in flames, to the east of Palace Pier, at about 0700 BST.

The two-man crew jumped into the water and were rescued by a boat nearby before lifeboat crews arrived on the scene. No-one was injured.

Coastguards said the yacht was allowed to burn out, and eventually sank. It is thought the fire started in the engine.

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