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Seven people rescued from burning 18-footer

JUNE 29 - Seven people were pulled to safety Saturday from an 18-foot Omega powerboat after it caught fire about eight nautical miles south of Homer Spit, near Homer, Alaska.

Local Coast Guard Auxiliarists were on a routine safety patrol around 5 p.m., aboard a 27-foot rescue vessel, when they saw smoke and rushed to the scene, according to the Coast Guard. Crewmembers were able to pull five passengers from the burning boat; a good Samaritan rescued the other two.

The four adults and three children on board were not injured, according to a Coast Guard report. They were transported to Homer aboard the Coast Guard rescue vessel.

The passengers were returning from clamming, according to a local television news report, when the boat came to a sudden stop and caught fire.

The Coast Guard says the cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Jason Fell