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Lifeboat tows stricken motor cruiser
back to shore after fire onboard
21-foot motor cruiser was engulfed with smoke off the Burnham-On-Sea
coast at 4pm on Sunday July 17th after an electrical fault started
a fire onboard.
were concerns that the occupant of the vessel was in extreme danger
due to the presence of 6-8 litres of petrol and a gas cylinder,
so Coastguard officer Steve Bird (pictured right) called the fire
service and the
were exercising in the area at the time.
called the Welkin, is owned by a Weston-super-Mare resident,
Nick Germain, who was watching the Stert
Island sea swim at the time of the incident.
crew of The Staines Whitfield quickly went to the rescue and towed
the craft back to the safety of Burnham Sailing Club in the River
Brue where it was inspected by the fire service and Coastguard.
fire engines attended the scene and stood by on Burnham's jetty
during the incident before travelling down to the Sailing Club
at the southern end of The Esplanade to inspect the boat and give
it the all-clear.
the incident, Nick said: "I am properly equipped, and quickly
put out the fire with my fire extinguisher, but I couldn't then
safely start my engine."
added: "The RNLI were a god-send and did their job well.
The crews calmness and efficiency calmed me down, and I
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