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Crew makes it off burning fishing vessel

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ASTORIA, OR (KPTV) -

The Coast Guard rescued three men who had to abandon a burning ship off the coast of Cannon Beach.

Havana crew members placed a mayday call about 6 a.m. on Oct. 12 saying their ship was on fire about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach.

Dispatch ordered a helicopter and a life boat to help the three men on board.

Rescuers found the men floating in a life raft. They lifted them into the helicopter and took them to Sector Columbia River. The men were not hurt.

The lifeboat stayed with the burning ship to watch for signs of pollution. It's reported the vessel had 900 gallons of diesel fuel and 50 gallons of hydraulic oil on board.

"The Havana's captain attended a safety drill conductor course in Newport last year," said Dan Hardin, 13th Coast Guard District fishing vessel safety coordinator. "What he learned during that course may very well have saved his crew's lives today." 

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