The crew of a Reederei Nord bulk carrier came to the rescue of seven commercial fishermen after their vessel caught fire approximately 350 miles west of Monterey, California.
Watchstanders at the Eleventh Coast Guard District command center received multiple emergency position-indicating radio beacon (EPBIRB) and personal location beacon alerts belonging to the 85-foot commercial fishing boat Blue Dragon around 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
A Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew was launched to assist. Coast Guard watchstanders, using the Automated Mutual-Assistance Vessel Rescue System (AMVER), also issued a request for assistance to the crew of the MV Nord Rubicon, located 80 miles northwest of the alert location, who responded that they were willing to divert and assist the distressed mariners.
The C-27 aircrew arrived on scene at 3:21 a.m. and reported the Blue Dragon was on fire and survivors were aboard a life raft nearby. The aircrew reported that the survivors were signaling the aircraft using a flashlight, and in response the aircrew deployed a flare along with a self locating datum marker buoy (SLDMB).
A second Air Station Sacramento C-27 Spartan aircrew was launched at 8 a.m.
The Nord Rubicon crew arrived on scene at 9:30 a.m. and retrieved the seven crewmembers from the life raft. All crewmembers were accounted for and no injuries were reported.
The Nord Rubicon is now en route to San Francisco with all of the Blue Dragon crew members.
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