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19 Passengers Rescued From Smoke-Filled Boat Off Newport Beach

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NEWPORT BEACH (CBS) — Nineteen passengers on a distressed tour boat were rescued Friday after the vessel began smoking off Newport Beach.

A call for help from the tour boat — called Showboat — went out around 12:30 p.m. near the Lido Bridge, the Newport Beach Fire Department said.

Fire officials said that nearby boats were able to rescue passengers before aid arrived.

The passengers continued their tour on another boat.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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