- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - Three fishing crew members are in good condition after they were rescued by the Coast Guard following a vessel fire that forced them to abandon ship.

Kodiak radio station KMXT reports the 82-foot fishing tender Northern Pride was en route from Seward when it caught fire northeast of Marmot Island Tuesday afternoon with the three onboard.

The Coast Guard says the crew abandoned ship after issuing a mayday, which was relayed to the Coast Guard through a good Samaritan vessel.

Accoring to a Coast Guard release, Northern Pride skipper Scott Beckstrom said the fire was too smoky and the crew couldn’t fight it, so they donned survival suits and launched a life raft.

The crew was rescued within 30 minutes when a Coast Guard helicopter crew hoisted them from the life raft.

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