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Shrimp boat burns 3 miles at sea

3 crew members abandon ship, wait for JFRD boat to arrive and put out fire

The shrimp boat on the left was taking on water.
The shrimp boat on the left was taking on water.

NASSAU COUNTY, Fla. – An 80-foot shrimp boat heavily damaged by fire Wednesday night remains anchored 3 miles east of the mouth of the St. Marys River.

Three crew members onboard were able to get into a lifeboat when they first noticed the fire and were not hurt. The fire was eventually doused by a Jacksonville Fire-Rescue fire boat.

The U.S. Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the fire and will be working with the owners of the “MC Johnson” to salvage the vessel.