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Both Dunbar lifeboats called out to motor cruiser with engine fire

Lifeboats News Release

This morning at around 6:30am both Dunbar lifeboats were launched to reports of a vessel with an engine fire.

The casualty vessel, a motor cruiser, was located by the volunteer crews just after 7am. Fortunately, the crew of the casualty vessel had put the fire out with a fire extinguisher.

Dunbar all-weather lifeboat took the motor cruiser under tow back to Dunbar Harbour and had her alongside just after 9am. Dunbar Coastguard Rescue Team and Fire and Rescue crews from Dunbar and East Linton were already waiting in the harbour.

Mark Anderson, Dunbar Lifeboat 2nd Coxswain said, ‘The crew on the motor cruiser were quick to get the situation under control with their own fire extinguisher. No one was injured the their boat only sustained minor damage so overall this is a very positive outcome from a situation that could have easily escalated.’

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Dunbar lifeboat towing the casualty vessel back into Dunbar Harbour

RNLI/Henry Weaver

Dunbar lifeboat towing the casualty vessel back into Dunbar Harbour
Dunbar lifeboat towing the casualty vessel back into Dunbar Harbour

RNLI/Henry Weaver

Dunbar lifeboat towing the casualty vessel back into Dunbar Harbour

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