A fishing boat went up in flames on Aug.30 just off Gabriola Island. Credit: Nanaimo Port Authority The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre says five people were rescued after an American fishing boat caught fire off the coast of Gabriola Island. Flames were spotted coming from the 20-metre “Sea Valley II” and the call came into the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre at 4:40 p.m. The Nanaimo Port Authority says the blaze was located east of the Island. The Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) later said the fire was three miles northeast of Thrasher Rock in the Gulf of Georgia.
Flames are seen at the back of the fishing boat on Aug. 30. Credit: David Mailloux There were no serious injuries reported but five people were rescued.