Burning Ship Extinguished in Alaska Harbor

The Coast Guard says a fire has been extinguished aboard a container ship traveling in the North Pacific.

The fire was reported early Friday from the 781-foot Malta-flagged India Lotus as it was traveling 700 miles south of Dutch Harbor, Petty Officer Russ Tippets said.

The Coast Guard dispatched a C-130 plane from Kodiak and the Cutter Mellon. The crew of the India Lotus, a vessel owned by the Israeli company Ofer Brothers, told the flight crew they no longer needed aid.

Tippets said there were 32 people on board the burning ship and there were no reports of injuries.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Walter Shinn said the Coast Guard will keep communications open and monitor the ship as it heads toward Panama.