Shocking footage shows 70-foot yacht engulfed in flames forcing passengers and dogs to jump overboard while it sinks

Shocking footage shows 70-foot yacht engulfed in flames forcing passengers and dogs to jump overboard while it sinks

SHOCKING photos showed the aftermath of a fire that caused three people and two dogs to jump out of a 72-foot yacht.

Passengers Arthur Watson, 67, Diane Watson, 57, and Jarrod Tubbs, 33, went overboard and were rescued by boats after the incident in New Hampshire.

Three people and two dogs were forced to flee from a ship as it became engulfed in flames
Three people and two dogs were forced to flee from a ship as it became engulfed in flamesCredit: AP
Attempts were made to rescue the Elusive but the vessel sank two hours after the initial 911 call
Attempts were made to rescue the Elusive but the vessel sank two hours after the initial 911 callCredit: AP

All three were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and discharged.

The yacht, called the Elusive, was on the Piscataqua River around 4pm on Saturday when a passenger saw black smoke below deck, said the New Hampshire Department of Safety.

Within minutes, the ship was filled with smoke, forcing the passengers to flee.

Rescuers tried to save the yacht but it eventually drifted into Maine waters where it eventually sank two hours after the initial 911 call, said authorities.

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Thick clouds of smoke could be seen from the ship in photos shared by the Coast Guard and New Hampshire State Police Marine Patrol

According to the ship’s website, the Elusive usually departs from Camden, Maine, and sails every summer, causing the coast of Maine and the Eastern Seaboard.

It was last refitted in 2013 and had luxurious rooms and decks and lavish designs before it was burnt out by the flames.

Diane Watson joined the crew of the ship in 2007, according to the website, as an active leader.

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She handled crew accommodation and nourishment, while her husband, Arthur, commanded the ship.

Arthur Watson is a member of the Cruising Club of America and has sailed around the world twice.

The Watsons are from Jupiter, Florida, while Tubbs is from New Canaan, Connecticut.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated by authorities.

Arthur and Diane Watson were part of the vessel's crew
Arthur and Diane Watson were part of the vessel’s crewCredit: FACEBOOK/Daddeo2
Jarrod Tubbs was also aboard the ship, all three were taken to hospitals and treated
Jarrod Tubbs was also aboard the ship, all three were taken to hospitals and treatedCredit: FACEBOOK/jarrod.tubbs.7

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