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Incident - Boat Fire

Date: 10/03/2014
Time: 23:25
Location: River Dart, Dartmouth
Area: Western
County: Devon

Fire Control received a call reporting a fire on a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth. 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.

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 Dartmouth Lifeboat was launched for crew safety. Brixham lifeboat and the Coastguard were also on the scene. All persons were accounted for. The 51ft pleasure craft was well alight and crews set about mid river using 2 main jets from the lower ferry, 1 hose reel jet and 2 breathing apparatus were also in use. Steady progress is being made with a further main jet in use by fire crews aboard the Dartmouth lifeboat.

Update 01:50 - Steady progress is being made tackling the fire. The Harbour Authority supplied a submersible pump which aided in the firefighting efforts.

The vessel is now being towed by the Harbour Master to the South Embankment to enable further firefighting to take place.

Update 03:08 - Good progress is being extinguishing the fire. Breathing apparatus use has been discontinued, and Compressed Air Foam is now in use.

Update 06:25 - A fuel tanker has been in attendance removing the fuel from the damaged vessel. One fire appliance is standing by dousing down hot spots using one hose reel jet.

Update 07:39 - All fire appliances have now left the scene, and will be revisiting later this morning.

Update 10:50 - This fire is now under control. This is a fifty one foot motor vessel used as a charter fishing boat with a fire in the engine room and boat accommodation area.  The fire was extinguished by fire crews using four breathing apparatus wearers, two hose reel jets, a light portable pump, a thermal image camera and a compressed air foam systems jet.  One hundred percent of the engine room and accommodation area was destroyed by fire.  The rest of the vessel was damaged by heat and smoke.  Fire crews handed over the care of the vessel to the Dartmouth Harbour Master.  The cause of the fire is believed to be accidental.

These are the full and final details of this incident.


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