5 Crewmen Rescued from Burning Ship

Five crew members have been rescued in the western Aleutians after their ship caught on fire.

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by Associated Press

KODIAK- Five crew members have been rescued in the western Aleutians after their ship caught on fire.


The five were picked up by a Good Samaritan vessel, the Seattle-based Aleutian Beauty. The crewmen are expected to arrive later Monday in Adak.


The crewman were onboard the 59-foot Western Venture, which caught on fire Sunday morning.


Two Coast Guard rescue helicopters and two C130 Hercules aircraft were launched, and the cutter Waesche was diverted to the Western Venture, about 70 miles west of Adak.


The Aleutian Beauty responded to the Coast Guard's call for assistance, and was the first to reach the Western Venture. They took all five men about from a life raft. The Western Venture was last seen adrift and smoking from the fire on board.