Peruvian Navy Rescue Japanese Ship

Created: 2013-05-30 14:01 EST

Category: World > South America

Peru's navy rescued crew from a Japanese-flagged fishing vessel that had caught fire off the South American nation's coastline, officials reported on Tuesday.

According to naval reports, the Kenjo Maru 58 was some 10 miles off the coast of Peru's port city of El Callao when it caught fire. Its crew of 18 were rescued and are reported to be in good condition.

The fire was brought under control by Peruvian maritime officials and towed back to land where protection barriers were put around the sea vessel to avoid any toxic leaks into the sea.

Peru's navy have launched an investigation into the incident. Authorities believe the fire started in the fishing boat's kitchen.

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