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Crew 'freaking out' during boat fire

The 39 crewmembers rescued from a fishing vessel on fire off Australia’s New South Wales, were "freaking out" while they waited to be taken off the ship, according to reports.

The fire started in the fishmeal plant in the bottom of the boat and the captain sent a mayday call at around 5.30 a.m., but the fire quickly grew out of control.

"We were standing up in the cold and smoke for a couple of hours," crew member Bridie Sinclair told One News. "We were bloody tired and freaking out, you know, pretty scary thing to have to happen, fire's the worst thing that could happen on a boat."

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