Large crew saved from boat blaze

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Nearly 100 crewmembers who had to abandon a factory fishing ship that caught fire in the Atlantic Ocean were returning to shore Wednesday after being rescued by a passing vessel, the British coastguard said.

The crew were forced to leap into life rafts after the blaze broke out in packing material aboard the Athena in the early hours as it fished 230 nautical miles southwest of the Isles of Scilly.

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