Coast Guard rescues 4 fishermen following boat fire off Jacksonville, Fla.

Southeastern Coast Guard NewsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Four fishermen are alive Monday morning after a U.S. Coast Guard boatcrew from Station Mayport, Fla., rescued them following a fire on their commercial fishing vessel near Nassau Sound off Big Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville.

A good Samaritan notified the Coast Guard about 4 a.m., that the 79-foot fishing vessel Miss Ingrid Louis was ablaze roughly three miles east of Nassau Sound.

Coast Guard operational watchstanders from Sector Jacksonville established communication with the crew of the fishing vessel and instructed them to activate their Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon, which would provide responders with a precise location. The fishermen abandoned ship into the vessel’s life raft to wait for rescuers.

A boatcrew aboard a 45-foot Response Boat – Medium from Station Mayport arrived on scene, brought all four fishermen aboard the RB-M and transported them to Station Mayport, where emergency medical technicians were waiting.

The captain of the vessel was treated for smoke inhalation. The three crewmen declined medical treatment.

Also assisting with the response were Nassau County Sheriffs and Coast Guard Air Station Savannah, Ga.

The cause of the fire is unknown.

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