Crew abandon burning boat in Majuro

A fire on a fishing vessel in the Marshall Islands was still spewing smoke nearly 24 hours after it first started, forcing crew to abandon ship on Sunday afternoon. 

Small boats from a fishing tournament rescued the seven crew members who were aboard the Koo's 102 purse seiner with some jumping into the water.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent Giff Johnson said the 62-metre Taiwanese vessel had just dropped off its large fishing nets at a repair yard in Majuro Atoll inside the lagoon.

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