A 46-foot sailboat, the Straight Up, caught fire about 15 miles southwest of Bellingham near Lummi Island on Saturday, Sept. 1. All seven people aboard were rescued and taken to Anacortes.
Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Nate Littlejohn said the Coast Guard was alerted to the fire at about 5:15 p.m.
The Coast Guard's Cutter Terrapin, which was already under way near the San Juan islands, was sent to the scene, but the seven people aboard the sailboat had jumped overboard and were rescued by a third boat before the cutter arrived, according to Littlejohn.
That boat took the seven people to Anacortes Marina, he said. No injuries were reported.
The cutter and two crews established a security zone around the burning boat and a tow company was contracted to salvage the remains of the burned sailboat, which reportedly contained 25 gallons of diesel fuel.
The cause of the fire was unknown Saturday night.