Nova Scotia

Fishermen rescued from burning boat

Four people were plucked from life-rafts off Nova Scotia after fleeing their burning fishing boat.

Four people were plucked from life-rafts off Nova Scotia after fleeing their burning fishing boat.

Search-and-rescue officials said the Emily Lisa was about 125 kilometres southeast of Halifax when it sent out a distress signal at 8:30 p.m.

The fishermen hopped into life-rafts to escape their burning vessel.

Two coast guard ships, a Cormorant helicopter and Hercules aircraft, were sent to the area, but the fishermen were picked up by one of two vessels that happened to be nearby.

Officials said the fishermen were not hurt and were dropped off in Sydney.

There was no word on what caused the fire or how long the fishermen were waiting to be rescued.

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