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8 People Rescued from Burning Fishing Boat near Freeport

Eight people were rescued Saturday from a burning fishing vessel off the coast of Freeport in Southeast Texas, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

A crewmember from a 48-foot fishing boat called the Coast Guard early Saturday evening to report a fire on the boat and said they were getting ready to abandon ship. Coast Guard crews launched from Freeport, contained the fire, and transferred the 8 crewmembers aboard the vessel onto a rescue boat.

There were 7 adults and 1 child aboard the ship. Lt. j.g. Melissa McCafferty, command duty officer from the Coast Guard’s Houston-Galveston sector, said everyone onboard had life jackets, and a six-man life raft was also on the vessel.

McCafferty pointed to this as an excellent example of being prepared for emergencies.

Learn more about how to stay safe on the water with boating safety tips from our maritime attorneys.

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