Twenty-five people were rescued from a charter vessel which appeared to be on fire near Auckland's Westhaven Marina this afternoon.

Coastguard duty officer Mark Leevers said the vessel's skipper radioed for help about 3.30pm after a suspected engine fire.

Two Coastguard vessels, several other boats and the fire service responded within minutes.

Passengers were removed from the boat by another charter vessel.

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No fire was found on the boat and it was later cleared for use, Mr Leevers said.