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Fishing Vessel Burns, Crew Rescued Off Oregon Coast

The U.S. Coast Guard rescued three crew members this morning who abandoned their burning fishing vessel, the 35-foot HAVANNA, and set out on a life raft about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach.

An MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew flew up from Air Facility Newport to make the rescue. It located the three survivors in the life raft and lowered a rescue swimmer, who disconnected from the helicopter and swam to the raft.

The helicopter crew hoisted all three survivors and the rescue swimmer and flew them to Air Station Astoria, arriving at approximately 8:24 a.m. The crew members of the HAVANNA were transferred to local emergency medical service technicians.

A 47-foot motor lifeboat from Station Tillamook Bay was also on scene at the site of the burning vessel.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn said all three appeared to be in decent condition and were likely being checked out for potential hypothermia.

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