Crews have rescued three people who jumped in the water from a boat that caught fire off the coast of Nanaimo Thursday morning.

The fire started at around 10:30 a.m. near Rocky Point Three people were on the boat and jumped into the choppy water. Witnesses who saw the fire from the shore said it difficult to tell where the three people were in the water due to the high winds and whitecaps on the water.

The Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre, the Coast Guard, the Nanaimo Port Authority and Nanaimo Fire Rescue responded to the fire and were able to get the group out of the water.

The three people were taken to hospital for observation.

The boat was beached at Neck Point Park so fire crews could put out the blaze.