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Five people rescued from burning fishing boat near Nanaimo

A blaze on a fishing boat near Gabriola Island, east of Nanaimo, has five people in medical care.

Lt.-Cmdr. John Nethercott of the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre in Victoria said the people were rescued by a nearby vessel after a distress call went out at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

Later, a Canadian Coast Guard hovercraft arrived on scene. The rescued five were transferred to the hovercraft, who then transported them to Vancouver for further medical treatment.

The boat is 22 metres long and is registered in the United States, he added.