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Byline: Blue Storm, a 25ft Bayliner, caught fire in Dartmouth harbour only five nights after the blaze on the African Queen.
Page Content: The fire was on board Blue Storm, a 25ft. Bayliner, moored on the Kingswear trots in the harbour. The owners and their dog were on board and when they were unable to extinguish the blaze they escaped in their own tender. They were suffering from smoke inhalation but, following an assessment by a local Ambulance crew, they were able to return to Dartmouth to stay with friends.
The fire was reported to the Coastguard from the shore and the Dart inshore lifeboat, again helmed by Buster Hart, was launched at 11.34pm on Saturday15 March. Their first task, having established that no one was on board the fiercely burning boat, was to take the Dartmouth Fire Commander, Andy Callan, across the harbour to the scene. He ordered the first Dartmouth Fire Appliance to again be taken on the Lower ferry to the fire. The Dart lifeboat was then requested to take two firemen, with their hose running from the appliance on the ferry, as close to the burning boat as they could safely be.
The fire burnt through the Blue Storm’s mooring lines and she drifted in the light N.E. wind towards the Kingswear shore where she grounded. The nearest boats were some 30 metres away and in no immediate danger. When the fire was extinguished two of the lifeboat volunteers were able to wade through the mud and secure her to the Kingswear shore.
The operation was carried out at very low tide and the tug of the Lower Ferry briefly grounded. They were pulled clear by the inshore lifeboat. The Torbay RNLI all-weather lifeboat arrived in the harbour at 00.10 but was not able to get close to the scene due to the shallowness of the water. She remained until the Lower ferry was clear of the yacht moorings. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 12.55am.
Byline: Blue Storm, a 25ft Bayliner, caught fire in Dartmouth harbour only five nights after the blaze on the African Queen.
Page Content: The fire was on board Blue Storm, a 25ft. Bayliner, moored on the Kingswear trots in the harbour. The owners and their dog were on board and when they were unable to extinguish the blaze they escaped in their own tender. They were suffering from smoke inhalation but, following an assessment by a local Ambulance crew, they were able to return to Dartmouth to stay with friends.
The fire was reported to the Coastguard from the shore and the Dart inshore lifeboat, again helmed by Buster Hart, was launched at 11.34pm on Saturday15 March. Their first task, having established that no one was on board the fiercely burning boat, was to take the Dartmouth Fire Commander, Andy Callan, across the harbour to the scene. He ordered the first Dartmouth Fire Appliance to again be taken on the Lower ferry to the fire. The Dart lifeboat was then requested to take two firemen, with their hose running from the appliance on the ferry, as close to the burning boat as they could safely be.
The fire burnt through the Blue Storm’s mooring lines and she drifted in the light N.E. wind towards the Kingswear shore where she grounded. The nearest boats were some 30 metres away and in no immediate danger. When the fire was extinguished two of the lifeboat volunteers were able to wade through the mud and secure her to the Kingswear shore.
The operation was carried out at very low tide and the tug of the Lower Ferry briefly grounded. They were pulled clear by the inshore lifeboat. The Torbay RNLI all-weather lifeboat arrived in the harbour at 00.10 but was not able to get close to the scene due to the shallowness of the water. She remained until the Lower ferry was clear of the yacht moorings. The inshore lifeboat returned to station at 12.55am.