Boat fire in Dartmouth - update

Photo Credit: Jack Handley

Fire reported on a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth. just after 23:30.  Two appliances from Dartmouth and one from Brixham were mobilised to rendezvous at the waters edge awaiting a vessel to transport crews to the location of the fire within the estuary

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Dartmouth crews were transported to the incident via the Dartmouth Lower Ferry organised by the Coastguard and Dartmouth Harbour Navigation Authority. An additional fire appliance was mobilised from Paignton to attend from the Kingswear side.

The 51ft pleasure craft (Reported to be the ‘African Queen’ http://www.theafricanqueen.co.uk)  was well alight and crews set about mid river using  a further main jet in use by fire crews aboard the Dartmouth lifeboat.  A further main jet in use by fire crews aboard the Dartmouth lifeboat. The vessel was then towed by the Harbour Master to the South Embankment to enable further firefighting to take place. By 03.oo, the fire service reported good progress in extinguishing the fire. An update at 06:25 stated that a fuel tanker has been in attendance removing the fuel from the damaged vessel and one fire appliance remained, dousing down hot spots using one hose reel jet.

The Dartmouth lifeboat, Brixham lifeboat and the Coastguard were also on scene (All persons accounted for)

Appliances left the scene at 07:39

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