Ex-Tennessee mayor, crew rescued from fiery boat near Norway

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FILE – In this Oct. 12, 2018, file photo, Democratic former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean speaks during a gubernatorial debate in Nashville, Tenn. Tennessee Democrats know something about disappointment, having seen Republican candidates for governor and senate seats dominate in the last several elections. But this year might be different with Republican Sen. Bob Corker and Republican Gov. Bill Haslam leaving office, there are no popular incumbents on the ballot for their offices. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) β€” A former mayor of Nashville, Tennessee, had to be rescued by helicopter off the Norwegian Sea due to a sailboat fire.

The Tennessean reports that former Mayor Karl Dean and other prominent Nashville residents were rescued on Sunday after waking up to large amounts of smoke from below deck. The group was set to sail around the Svalbard Islands.

Dean, who most recently unsuccessfully ran for governor in the 2018 election, told the newspaper that crew members instructed him and others to put on survival suits and evacuated using life rafts.

Dean says two Norwegian government helicopters were used to lift the crew and passengers out of the water and into safety. No one in the group suffered injuries. It’s unclear what caused the fire.

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