Two current RNLI lifeboats launch to private former lifeboat on fire
The crew of Barry Dock and Burnham-on-Sea RNLI were called out to a boat on fire in the Bristol Channel.
The fire had started on board a 45 foot ex Watson Class lifeboat that is now in private use. The volunteer crew from Barry Dock RNLI were called to assist just after 4pm on Thursday (14 July). Burnham-on-Sea inshore lifeboat was also called to help.
Winds were approximately force 3–4, with moderate seas but with heavy Bristol Channel chop.
When Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat arrived on scene, the crew of the Watson lifeboat had put the fire out. A lifeboat crew member went aboard the boat which was now drifting and without engines. When it had been confirmed that the fire had been made safe and the crew of the fire damaged lifeboat were safe and well, Burnham-on-Sea lifeboat returned to their station and left the bigger Barry Dock all-weather lifeboat to tow the old lifeboat back to harbour.
Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat and the ex Watson Class lifeboat arrived in Barry around 6.30pm. The Fire Brigade were on hand to check that the fire was safely out.
By 7.15pm, the Barry lifeboat was ready for its next service and the crew were able to return home.
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Picture: Barry Dock RNLI lifeboat. Credit Chris Thomas/RNLI
For more information please contact: Abi Phillips, Barry Dock RNLI Lifeboat Press Officer, on 07973 293587 or by email email@example.com.
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