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Firefighters called to burning boat in Ryde

Smoke could be seen billowing from the burning boat. Picture via Isle of Wight Webcams.

Smoke could be seen billowing from the burning boat. Picture via Isle of Wight Webcams.

Ross Findon

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017 - 16:57

UPDATED 16:57*
FIREFIGHTERS have been called to tackle a fire on a boat in Ryde this afternoon (Wednesday).
Smoke could be seen billowing from the fire from the other end of the Esplanade.
A fire and rescue spokeswoman said the vessel was a motor boat moored at Ryde Harbour.
Two fire engines attended and ambulance, coastguard and police have all been informed.
UK Coastguard said: "At 1.30pm today we received a VHF Radio Broadcast on Channel 16 - the emergency line - reporting that a vessel in Ryde Harbour with one person on board was on fire.
"Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ryde Rescue Boat have been sent to the scene, along with the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service. Ryde harbour master and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have also been informed.
"We have received reports that the person on board has made it safely off the boat and is ashore. He is safe and well and does not require medical treatment.
"We are advising members of the public to keep at a safe distance whilst the emergency services get the fire under control.
"This is an ongoing incident and we do not have any further information at this time."
*The fire was extinguished at 3.43pm.
Isle of Wight Council has urged the public to stay away from the area.
It said Ryde Harbour staff were working with Cowes Harbour Commission, Ryde Inshore Rescue and the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service to contain diesel which had leaked from the Sunseeker.
It said it was also working with the boat owner to remove it from the harbour. Boat fire in Ryde 3

Picture by Leigh Jackman.

 


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