Fishermen rescued from burning boat

File photo / Bay of Plenty Times
File photo / Bay of Plenty Times

Four fishermen have been rescued from a vessel that caught fire off the West Coast this afternoon.

The Rescue Coordination Centre New Zealand (RCCNZ) was alerted to a fire aboard the fishing vessel Marconi earlier today after a mayday call was received.

A Coastguard rescue craft from Greymouth was dispatched to the stricken vessel, which was about 22 nautical miles (41 kilometres) off the coast.

The four-person crew was transferred to the Coastguard vessel and taken back to Greymouth. No injuries were reported.

- NZ Herald staff

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