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April 30, 2017

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2 recovering, alert in US after Chinese boat blast

SAN DIEGO -- Two Chinese fishermen recovering in California are badly burned but alert and attempting to communicate after an explosion on the Chinese vessel far off Mexico's coast.

The two were in critical condition in San Diego a day after the U.S. Air Force flew them there, but were doing remarkably well considering they spent days on a ship with their injuries, in pain and unable to get full treatment, their doctor said Tuesday.

"You can imagine the amount of traumatic stress that those individuals go through," said Dr. Raul Coimbra, chief of trauma surgery at the regional burn center at the University of California, San Diego.

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