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Crews called out to boat fire

PUBLISHED: 11:28 04 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

RESCUE services were called out to Oulton Broad early this morning when a fire was reported on an old trawler.

Great Yarmouth Coastguard Control Room received a call from the owner of a 53ft boat, named Maxwell, moored at Lowestoft Marina, saying that his boat was smouldering after he had tried lighting a small stove on board.

RESCUE services were called out to Oulton Broad early this morning when a fire was reported on an old trawler.

Great Yarmouth Coastguard Control Room received a call from the owner of a 53ft boat, named Maxwell, moored at Lowestoft Marina, saying that his boat was smouldering after he had tried lighting a small stove on board.

The owner and his wife were concerned that it may ignite and required assistance from the fire service.

South Broads Lifeboat was launched to remove the two and their dog from the boat for safety reasons, while fire crews from Normanhurst and Clifton Road stations were also sent to attend at 1.51am.

Due to the location of the incident, the fire service was unable to access the boat from the floating pontoons at the marina, and required the assistance of the South Broads Lifeboat to transport personnel and equipment to the smouldering boat.

Thermal imaging cameras were used by the fire crews to identify the hot spots on the boat and after an hour and a full assessment by the fire service, the couple were allowed back onto their boat at around 3am.

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