Emergency crews valiantly fight fierce boat fire

Firefighters, coastguards and crew from the Cowes RNLI station worked hard in the early hours of Monday to fight a boat fire in Cowes.

East Cowes boat fire - photos from RNLI

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Cowes RNLI lifeboat played a pivotal role in a combined effort to tackle a potentially dangerous boat fire on the River Medina in the early hours of this Monday morning.

After launching just after 1am the lifeboat found a burning four/five metre glass fibre Dory motorboat had broken free from one of three offshore pontoons, off Medina Yard, Cowes, and had drifted on to other craft.

East Cowes boat fire - photos from RNLI

Lifeboat helm, Mark Harker, said,

“The fire was very fierce, from bow to stern, and if we had arrived just ten minutes later many other moored boats could easily have been alight.

“It was just a floating bonfire.”

Fuel tank exploded
The lifeboat transferred fire-fighters and Ventnor coastguards from the South Boats’ shoreside pontoon to the offshore pontoons, each in turn affected by the drifting Dory. It was then dragged along one of the pontoons, to allow fire-fighters to direct their hoses from the shore.

But Before the fire was extinguished two flares and the fuel tank exploded.

Hard and difficult work
During the incident lifeboat members and coastguards had worked hard to move other moored craft, to minimise the danger of secondary fires. Coastguards and fire fighters also had to extinguish a fire on one of the actual pontoons.

East Cowes boat fire - photos from RNLI

With the fire now seemingly out on the Dory, it was then dragged by the lifeboat to the South Boats pontoon where fire-fighters could complete their work. The Dory then sank.

Tuesday, 7th May, 2019 7:56am

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