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Coast Guard rescues 3 from boat blaze

A Coast Guard crew rescued three people who escaped an inferno after a Wednesday blaze swept their boat in Alabama’s Dauphin Island Bay.

After receiving a report of a sport fisher on fire about a half-mile north of the barrier island at 5:55 p.m., Coast Guard Sector Mobile watchstanders ordered the launch of a 29-foot Response Boat-Small crew from Dauphin Island, according to an email sent to Navy Times by the district’s headquarters in New Orleans.

The crew arrived 40 minutes later to find three people on a life raft. The Coast Guard team transported them to Station Dauphin Island, where they were met by emergency medical personnel.

They are listed in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard.

Dauphin Island Fire

The Coast Guard crew also transported members of Dauphin Island Fire Rescue to battle a blaze that burned the boat nearly to the waterline.

“It was burned pretty good,” said Ensign Trevor Vallet, a prior enlisted operations specialist who now works in pollution response and the operations center at Coast Guard Sector Mobile.

Vallet told Navy Times no crew members from the fire department or Coast Guard were injured fighting the fire, which was extinguished by about 8 p.m.

The scorched hull has been towed back to shore and there are no restrictions for mariners operating in the bay where it burned.

On Thursday, Coast Guard environmental investigators visited the fire site and detected no pollution, which indicates the fuel inside was consumed by the blaze.

“It all burned,” said Vallet.

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