U.S. Coast Guard crews rescue 4 people, dog from boat fire


ST. SIMONS ISLAND SOUND, GA (WCBD) — Four fishermen and a dog reportedly have minor injuries after a boat fire in St. Simons Island Sound in Georgia, according to U.S. Coast Guard officials.

A Coast Guard 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew from Station Brunswick, Georgia, located and rescued the crew and their dog from the 58-foot fishing vessel Predator early Thursday morning.

Coast Guard Sector Charleston Command Center watch standers received a mayday call from the fishing vessel crew at 3:53 a.m. saying their boat caught fire, and they were abandoning ship.  Officials warned mariners of debris from the explosion.

The fisherman were rescued at 4:25 a.m. and taken to Station Brunswick at 4:38 a.m. where EMS was waiting.

The crew sustained minor injuries but were reported to be in good condition.

The cause of the fire in currently under investigation.Keep checking counton2.com for real-time updates on this story. To get breaking news alerts, download the free News 2 App for iPhone or Android.

Copyright 2019 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.