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Portishead RNLI respond to Mayday call

A Mayday message call came through at 2.05pm just as the volunteers had got home from their morning training session with reports that a motor vessel just north west of Clevedon Pier, was on fire. Both RNLI Portishead in their Atlantic 85 and RNLI Barry Dock with their Trent class all weather lifeboat launched. The Portishead volunteers arrived to see that the owner of the vessel had managed to put out the fire. As the crew assessed the situation, and were concerned that they may have been affected by the smoke, it was decided that it would be best for the people and their 2 dogs to be taken to shore.

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