Coast Guard rescues 5 people off SC coast

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says five people were rescued from a 75-foot boat that caught fire about nine miles off the coast of Hilton Head Island.

The Island Packet reports the five were rescued about 11 a.m. Friday, and the burning boat sank near the mouth of Port Royal Sound channel.

Lee Bower with the Coast Guard's Charleston base says the Coast Guard is investigating reports of oil pollution. He says the cause of the fire is not yet known.

The newspaper also reports a damaged shrimp boat that was towed to a pier in Savannah, Ga., Thursday after the Coast Guard rescued two passengers was destroyed by fire Friday.

Assistant fire chief Hugh Futrell says the owner and another passenger sleeping onboard at the time escaped without injury.

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