RNLI rescues casualty after powerboat fire

PUBLISHED: 10:41 15 July 2016 | UPDATED: 11:51 15 July 2016

Burnham RNLI

Burnham RNLI

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Burnham-on-Sea RNLI crews were called to aid an ‘urgent’ fire on board a powerboat in the Bristol Channel, with one casualty rushed to safety.

The RNLI’s inshore lifeboats were called at 4.18pm yesterday (Thursday) and by the time they arrived the priority was to rescue the one casualty.

RNLI lifeboats from the Barry Dock lifeboat station had extinguished the fire but needed urgent assistance as the power cruiser was drifting in strong winds.

Shortly afterwards, the Burnham-on-Sea crews reached the casualty, who was pulled to safety.

The crews returned at 5.50pm.

Burnham RNLI helmsman, Nick Edrich, said; “The fire was apparently caused by an oily rag in the engine compartment, but had been extinguished by the time we arrived on scene.

“Winds were approximately force three-four, with moderate seas, but the heavy Bristol Channel chop made progress difficult in challenging conditions.

“Barry Dock lifeboat crew towed the vessel to safety.”


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