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Pontoon erupts in flames; boats rush to rescue man, daughter and their dog

By: APRIL BAUMGARTEN, inforum.com
July 16, 2017 Updated: July 16, 2017 at 2:00 pm
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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — About 30 boats came to the rescue of a Minto, N.D., man, his daughter and the family dog after their pontoon erupted in flames Saturday on Devils Lake.

David Gerszewski, 50, said he and his daughter took the pontoon out Saturday evening for a joyride to make sure it was running well before taking the rest of the family out on the lake. Around 5:30 p.m., Gerszewski said he noticed smoke rolling out of the back end.

"In minutes, it was totally engulfed in flames," he told the Herald Sunday. "We all bailed off."

Gerszewski said he isn't sure how the fire started, but they got off as fast as they could.

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