Thursday, July 31, 2008
More than two dozen people on a charter fishing boat were rescued after a fire broke out on the vessel. There were no injuries aboard the 41-foot boat, the Miss Calabash II out of Calabash, N.C., Lt. Cmdr. Eric King of the U.S. Coast Guard said.A distress call was received about 8:40 a.m. Wednesday from the vessel, which was about 17 miles off Little River on the North Carolina-South Carolina state line. A Coast Guard helicopter and two small Coast Guard boats were dispatched. King says the 23 passengers and crew of three were safely put aboard two passing fishing boats. King said the boat eventually sank.