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October 21, 2013 at 11:09 AM

5 crewmen rescued from burning ship

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Five crew members have been rescued in the western Aleutians after their ship caught on fire.

KMXT reports the five were picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Seattle-based Aleutian Beauty. The crewmen are expected to arrive later Monday in Adak.

The crewman were aboard the 59-foot Western Venture, which caught on fire Sunday morning.

Two Coast Guard rescue helicopters and two C-130 Hercules aircraft were launched, and the cutter Waesche was diverted to the Western Venture, about 70 miles west of Adak.

The Aleutian Beauty responded to the Coast Guard’s call for assistance, and was the first to reach the Western Venture. All five men were rescued from a life raft. The Western Venture was last seen adrift and smoking from the fire on board.

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