7 people rescued after fishing boat fire off Monterey coast

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ALAMEDA — Seven crew members of a commercial fishing boat have been rescued after their boat caught fire off the coast of Monterey on Wednesday, the Coast Guard said.

Watchmen from the Eleventh Coast Guard District Command Center in Alameda received several alerts belonging to the fishing vessel Blue Dragon at approximately 12:20 p.m. and arranged for a crew from Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C -27 Spartan flies over the area about 350 miles (563 kilometers) west of Monterey

Coast Guard lookouts also issued a request for assistance, and the ship’s crew Nord Rubicon responded that they were willing to divert and assist sailors in distress.

The C-27 crew reached the area about three hours after the Coast Guard received the distress alerts and reported seeing the Blue Dragon on fire and survivors aboard a nearby life raft. The survivors flagged the plane with a flashlight and in response the crew deployed a flare as well as a self-locating marker buoy.

The crew of the North Rubicon arrived on the scene at 09:30 and rescued the seven crew members from the life raft. No injuries were reported.

The Nord Rubicon was en route to San Francisco with all of Blue Dragon’s crew, officials said.

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