The Australian Maritime Safety Authority has coordinated the rescue of 24 seafarers from a Japanese fishing vessel that caught alight off the coast of Perth.
About 7.45am on Tuesday, AMSA received an alert from the Japan Coast Guard stating that the Myojin Maru No. 8 was in distress after a fire broke out on board.
Reports indicated 24 crew members were abandoning the vessel into life boats.
AMSA’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre issued a distress priority broadcast to shipping and tasked the Perth-based Challenger rescue jet to assist with search and rescue.
The coordination centre received an update from the Japan Coast Guard about 10.30am to advise that the crew of the vessel had been rescued by the FV Seifuku Maru 88.
All crew members were reported safe and uninjured.
AMSA will continue to liaise with the Japan Coast Guard and the vessel owners to confirm details of the fire and determine any pollution or environmental impacts.