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Speed boat fire in the River Medina

Lifeboats News Release

Cowes RNLI lifeboat was among the emergency services that raced to the aid of a speed boat reported to have a fire aboard in the River Medina this (Wednesday) evening.

The boat, which was off The Folly and with three adults and three children aboard,, suffered a fire in the engine, leading to the emission of black smoke; this only died down after the engine was turned off.

The boat was eventually towed to Kingston, East Cowes, by a Cowes harbour launch. It appears no-one aboard required medical attention.

In addition to the lifeboat, the Island fire service and a Bembridge coastguard team attended.

The lifeboat, which launched at 3.54 pm, returned to station at 5 pm

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