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Fishing Boat Catches Fire In Bering Sea
Bering Sea (CNN) The U.S. Coast Guard says good Samaritans came to the aid of five fishermen when their 59 foot boat caught fire.
The fishing boat crew activated their emergency equipment and took to a life raft.
Coast Guard officials issued an alert, and the first people on scene were aboard a 98 foot fishing boat that had come to the rescue.
All five fishermen are reportedly in good condition.
A search and rescue controller with the Coast Guard says having assistance like this is vital in Alaska, where conditions are harsh and vessels in trouble are often very far away.