Suffolk boat fire

Local men in their 50s and 60s escape unharmed as 36ft motorboat catches fire

Four men were rescued from a burning motorboat in Chichester Harbour yesterday.

The men, all locals in their 50s and 60s, were plucked from their 36ft boat, Rochford, within minutes of the fire starting by another boat that was nearby.

They were then transferred to an RNLI lifeboat and taken to Northney Marina. The MCA reported that they were cold, but otherwise unharmed.

Firefighters from Hampshire Fire and Rescue tackled the blaze from Hayling Rescue and then the shore as the motorboat grounded off Conigar Point.

Tony Wheeler, Solent Coastguard watch manager, said: “The four men were rescued within minutes of the fire starting and I am pleased to say that they are unharmed.”

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Photo: Maritime and Coastguard Agency