Four Rescued from Burning Fishing Vessel Off Alabama

The U.S. Coast rescued four people Monday after their commercial fishing vessel caught fire near Fort Morgan, Alabama.

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Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Mobile received a report around 6:45 p.m. from the F/V Alexandria Pearl reporting it was on fire and in need of assistance about a half mile south of Fort Morgan.

Two Coast Guard Aviation Training Center Mobile MH-65 Dolphin Helicopter aircrews were conducting training flights nearby and diverted to respond the the distress.

One of the helicopters lowered a rescue swimmer and life raft, and all four people aboard the vessel abandoned ship into the raft.A Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island 45-foot Rescue Boat-Medium boatcrew recovered the four people from the raft took them to shore to be evaluated by awaiting EMS. No injuries were reported.