The deaths of a 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl in Windermere may have been caused by a faulty boat generator, The Telegraph reported.
Tony Rothwell, who manages Bowness Bay marina, said lake wardens told him that the victims' boat had been fitted with a faulty generator, which was connected to a fan heater.
Mr Rothwell said: "It was an amateur job, the boat had been fitted with a generator and the exhaust has leaked. It had been a very cold day and the fan heater was connected to the generator. It is a terrible tragedy."
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The unfolding incident, at a jetty near Bowness, was witnessed by businessman and television personality Duncan Bannatyne who remarked on the police and ambulance activity to his followers on Twitter.
The Dragon's Den star later posted a photograph of the scene, saying: "Tragic accident over there I am afraid."
A woman and a young girl have died and a man is seriously ill in hospital after suffering breathing difficulties on board a boat at Windermere in the Lake District.
The 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were both from the Leyland area of Lancashire.
Cumbria Police can confirm that at approximately 4pm today, they attended an incident at Lake Windermere, where it was reported that three people on a private on a boat on Lake Windermere were having serious breathing difficulties.
Police attended along with an ambulance crew. A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area, were treated at the scene and then air lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, unfortunately both have since tragically died.
A man, who was also on the boat, is still receiving treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.
A woman and a young girl have died and a man was seriously ill tonight after suffering breathing difficulties on a boat.
The alarm was raised at around 4pm when Cumbria Police and an ambulance were called to a private boat at Lake Windermere in the Lake District.
A 36-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl, both from the Leyland area of Lancashire, were treated at the scene and then air-lifted to Royal Lancaster Infirmary, where both have since died.
The man, who was also on the boat, was still receiving treatment at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Cumbria Police said.
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