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Coast Guard, partner agencies respond to cargo ship fire near Blount Island, Fl.

Christian Fernsby |
The Coast Guard and partner agencies responded to fire on board a cargo ship at Blount Island.

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Topics: COAST GUARD    FIRE   

All 21 crew members have been safely accounted for.

Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville watchstanders were notified at 3:53 p.m. of a fire on board the M/V Höegh Xiamen, a 600-foot vehicle carrier. The watchstanders immediately notified Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department and Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, issued an urgent marine information broadcast and directed the launch of a Coast Guard Station Mayport 45-foot Response Boat—Medium crew.

Currently on scene were:

Coast Guard Station Mayport RB-M crew
Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office
Blount Island Port Authority
A 500-yard safety zone has been established around the M/V Höegh Xiamen. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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