Rescue under way as ‘boat on fire’ with 30 on board in California

The US Coast Guard has said it has launched a rescue operation to help more than 30 people “in distress” following a reported boat fire off the coast of southern California.

Tweets from the Coast Guard in Los Angeles said there were reports the people were on a boat that was on fire near Santa Cruz Island.

It said multiple rescue assets have been launched from local agencies to assist the 30 people on board on the 75ft yacht.

A group of crew members have so far been rescued, one with minor injuries, and efforts continue to evacuate remaining passengers.

Santa Cruz Island is off the coast of Santa Barbara.

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Source: SKY NEWS

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