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    Eight people were rescued Wednesday afternoon after a motorboat they were in caught fire on Morrill Pond in Hartland. Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife photo.

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    Christopher Gibson said he had never experienced a fire on a boat, but when it happened, "Everybody came to the rescue." As for the boat, "It's a bathtub," he said.

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    The Gibson family and friends all had a hand in the rescue from the burning boat on Morrill Pond in Hartland: back, from left, Sean Gibson, Ty Gibson; front, from left, Crissy Gibson, Luke Gibson, Benicio Root, Christopher Gibson.

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    Chris Gibson describes on Thursday his and his family's experience when his boat caught fire on Morrill Pond in Hartland.

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    Crissy Gibson, right center, stands with her sons Sean Gibson, 16, right, Ty Gibson, 15, back left, and camp neighbor Benicio Root, 12, left center, at their camp on Morrill Pond in Hartland on Thursday.

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    Crissy Gibson shows a picture of their boat on fire at their camp on Morrill Pond in Hartland on Thursday.

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    Ty Gibson, 15, who was on the boat, estimated the fuel tank was about half full when the fire ignited. He shouted "Fire" and then jumped off the boat.

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    Christopher Gibson, 43, who with his wife, Crissy, 42, owns the boat and made sure everybody was off and headed toward safety. Crissy, who had been ashore, jumped on a personal watercraft and picked up two of the boys in the water.

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