4 rescued while vessel burns

Posted: Monday, July 12, 2010

KODIAK - The Coast Guard says four men are safe after being rescued from a life raft used to escape their burning fishing vessel near Alaska's Sitkinak Island.

A Coast Guard helicopter crew headed to the site in response to an automated emergency alert set off just before 8:30 a.m. Sunday from the 52-foot vessel Nakat.

The Nakat was on fire when rescuers arrived at 10:20 a.m. at the site, five miles off of Sitkinak Island 80 miles southwest of Kodiak.

Coast Guard officials say the helicopter crew quickly found the fishermen on the life raft more than two miles away.

The men were hoisted to the helicopter and taken to Kodiak. No one was injured.

Officials say the cause of the fire is unknown and is being investigated.

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