7 rescued after sailboat catches fire near Bellingham

BELLINGHAM, Wash. - The Coast Guard says seven people aboard a 46-foot sailboat jumped overboard and were rescued after their boat caught fire about 15 miles southwest of Bellingham near Lummi Island.

Spokesman Nate Littlejohn says the people were rescued by another boat before a Coast Guard cutter arrived Saturday evening. The boaters were taken to Anacortes Marina.

No injuries were reported.

Littlejohn says the Coast Guard received a report about the fire about 5:15 p.m. Saturday. Coast Guard crews set up a security zone around the burning sailboat, Straight Up, and a company has been contracted to salvage it.

The cause of the fire was not known Saturday night.