NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two victims of a fiery boating accident off of Staten Island are speaking out.

Fisherman David Smith and his girlfriend, Yuko Ova, spent months in the burn unit after a boat fire near the Raritan Bay Channel back in May.

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The 23-foot boat was destroyed.

Today, Smith and Ova are on the mend thanks to doctors at Staten Island University Hospital.

“Dr. Cooper is great. I felt like dying when I went to the hospital. Every day, I just felt like giving up, and he gave me the confidence,” Smith said.

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“I was so nervous about the situation because I was visiting here just only for two weeks,” Ova said.

The couple says they plan on hitting the water again next season.

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