Coast Guard pull three from raft after fishing boat catches fire

Coast Guard pull three from raft after fishing boat catches fire
The Havana burns in waters near Cannon Beach Friday morning. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Erin Pfuntner)

NEAR CANNON BEACH, Ore. - The U.S. Coast Guard rescued all three crew members of a fishing boat that caught fire early Friday morning near Cannon Beach.

Coast Guardmen in a helicopter and a 47-foot boat pulled three "well-prepared" and uninjured fishermen from a life raft just before dawn Friday as their boat, The Havana, burned nearby.

"The Havana's captain attended a safety drill conductor course in Newport last year," said Dan Hardin, a fishing boat safety cooridnator with the Coast Guard. "What he learned during that course may very well have saved his crew's lives today." 

The boat was about 17 miles west of Cannon Beach and had 900 gallons of fuel on board.

The Coast Guard stayed on the scene to monitor any pollution issues. There was no word on what caused the fire.