Coast Guard: 7 jump overboard to escape burning sailboat

Coast Guard: 7 jump overboard to escape burning sailboat

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Seven people jumped overboard to escape a fire on a sail boat off the coast of Washington state on Saturday.

A good Samaritan picked up the boaters before the Coast Guard arrived on scene and later took them to Anacortes, Wash. No injuries were reported, the Coast Guard said.

The Coast Guard got the report that the 46-foot sailboat Straight Up was on fire around 5:15 p.m. Saturday.

Cutter Terrapin, already underway near the San Juan islands, responded to the scene near Lummi Island, about 15 miles from Bellingham, Wash.

Cutter Terrapin arrived and launched a rigid hull inflatable vessel crew. The two vessels established a security zone around the burning vessel.

The official cause of the fire is not yet known. A salvage crew will recover the remains of the burned sailboat.