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Coast Guard: 7 rescued from ship west of Hawaii

HONOLULU (AP) - The U.S. Coast Guard says seven people have been rescued after their ship issued a distress signal in a remote part of the Pacific Ocean west of Hawaii.

Petty Officer 3rd class Anthony L. Soto said Thursday a nearby ship - the Forestal Diamante - rescued all seven people from the Golden Eagle II some 300 miles northwest of Johnston Atoll.

They were found floating in a life raft.

Soto says the Coast Guard has heard reports the Golden Eagle had a fire but they haven't confirmed that's what caused the emergency. It's now listing on its side.

The Golden Eagle began sending distress signals from a radio beacon at 4 a.m.

The Coast Guard didn't immediately know where the Golden Eagle is from or where it was going.

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