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Cleethorpes and Humber Lifeboats called to bulk carrier fire

Lifeboats News Release

Cleethorpes and Humber Lifeboats were both called by UK Coastguard to a vessel moored at Immingham Docks which was on fire this afternoon.

Just after 15:30 today, both lifeboats were launched to provide safety cover while firefighting took place on a bulk carrier with 19 crew on board, when a fire was reported in its accommodation block.

The volunteer crew of Cleethorpes Lifeboat made their way to the station through busy Easter Sunday traffic, while the full time and volunteer crew of the Humber Lifeboat launched from their station on Spurn point.

Both boats arrived at Immingham Docks just after 4pm and stood by at a safe distance in case they were required to give assistance.

Members of the Coastguard Rescue Team based at Cleethorpes liaised with services on shore at the scene until the fire was confirmed as having been extinguished and all persons aboard were safe.

The two lifeboats then returned to their respective stations where the crews could continue with their Easter celebrations.


For more information on the incident, please contact UK Coastguard.

For more information on the RNLI response please contact Matt McNally, Lifeboat Press Officer Cleethorpes, on 07771-797556

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