2 men, dog rescued after fire
A good Samaritan rescued two men and a dog who fled a boat fire in a dinghy Thursday afternoon, according to a Coast Guard press release. There were no injuries.
The witness, who picked up the trio, reportedly saw them leave a flame-engulfed boat 8 miles southwest of Marquesas Keys. The Key West Coast Guard diverted the cutter Nantucket and sent out a small crew. The cutter embarked the three, who later boarded the small boat to Key West.
The men said the fire ignited in the engine room and quickly spread through the boat before it sank.
Holiday film fest, market
Coast art studios on Stock Island will be hosting a holiday film festival and market today and next Friday.
The evenings will feature open studios and workspaces of the Coast artists, as well as festive holiday films screened outside for children and grown-ups. There will be Christmas music, caroling and lights, and handmade artisan goods and fine art will be available for purchase, with special deals available for market-goers.
The market is free and opens at 5 p.m., with the children's film screening starting just after sunset. Coast is at 6404 Front St. on Stock Island.
It's electric: safety tips
Keys Energy Services offers the following tips for holiday electrical safety:
• Never use nails or staples to secure light strings or electrical cords;
• Don't overload extension cords, outlets or connect more than three light strings together; and
• Inspect before plugging them in, checking for frayed or loose connections.
For more information, visit the Electrical Safety Foundation International at www.esfi.org.