Video: Twenty-Eight Rescued After Fishing Boat Fire

Published Sep 15, 2018 5:11 PM by The Maritime Executive

The U.S. Coast Guard responded to a fishing boat on fire with 28 people aboard on Friday.

The incident involving the 131-foot vessel occurred 46 miles southwest of Serranilla Bank, Colombia.

The Coast Guard sent assets to the scene after receiving a report from the Jamaican Defence Force, and a HC-130 Hercules airplane crew located the fishing boat.

The crew aboard the Challenge Pollux, a 774-foot tanker, responded to the the Coast Guard's call for assistance and rescued all 28 people. A Colombian Navy ship then arrived on scene, embarked the 28 people and transported them to shore.

Some injuries have been reported. 

Captain Shawn Koch, the Coast Guard Seventh District Incident Management chief, said the rescue was a testament to the outstanding coordination between Joint Rescue Coordination Center Miami and its international partners. “Although the Coast Guard's Seventh District is working tirelessly to help those impacted by Hurricane Florence, we continue to execute our day-to-day operations outside of hurricane-affected areas."