Coast Guard 4 rescues from a ship fire near Fort Morgan

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The Coast Guard rescued four people on a burning ship near Fort Morgan, Alabama

The four were safely recovered and taken ashore, in a stable condition.

Coast Guard Sector Mobile monitors received a report around 6:45 p.m. From the merchant ship “The Pearl of Alexandria” that caught fire and needs help, half a mile south of Fort Morgan.

Two crews of coastguard helicopters of the MH-65 Dolphin Mobile Training Center were conducting close training flights and were diverted to respond to distress. One of the helicopters dropped a rescue swimmer and a lifeboat, and the four people on board the ship left the ship in the raft.

The Coast Guard station reached Dauphin Island, which has a 45-foot high, medium boat crew and rescued the four people from the boat. They were taken ashore to be evaluated pending EMS.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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