ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Four crewmembers are safe after they were forced to abandon their fishing boat when it caught fire Friday night off the coast of Newfoundland.
VOCM reports the crew fled to their life-raft after the Challenger Traveller caught fire about 160 kilometres east of St. John’s.
Multiple helicopters responded to the scene along with two Coast Guard vessels and a number of fellow fishing boats.
The men were plucked out of the water and brought safely to St. John’s by the supply vessel Atlantic Raven.
Major Mark Norris with the Joint Rescue Coordination Center says the situation demonstrates the partnership of the Search and Rescue system.
He says the Coast Guard is leading the environmental investigation.