Two people rescued from boat fire on the River Ouse

One of the UK's busiest independent lifeboat stations rescued two people from a boat fire on the River Ouse this morning

A 36ft Moonraker boat caught alight on the River Ouse shortly after 8am this morning leading to the rescue of two people by independent lifeboat charity Humber Rescue.

According to Humberside Fire & Rescue, which arrived on scene after the rescue operation, no injuries were sustained and the vessel was carrying one LPG cylinder and 125 litres of diesel fuel. Following the fire the craft sank and although a tug boat with fire-fighting capabilities was mobilised, it was not used.

Martin Rumford, coxswain at Humber Rescue, said, “This incident serves as an illustration as to how quickly things can escalate, leaving crewmembers with no option but to abandon their vessel.

“We cannot emphasise enough the need to make sure that all of your safety and communication equipment is checked and working before setting out on a journey.”

Humber Rescue is an independent charity responsible for the provision of a fast-response rescue boat on the rivers of the Humber Estuary. The area covered by Humber Rescue is approximately 540 square miles and includes the Rivers, Trent, Ouse, Hull and Humber.

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