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Report: 'Faulty generator' caused boat tragedy

Private jetty where the victims' boat was moored in Windermere Credit: ITV News Border

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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Duncan Bannatyne: 'Tragic' incident on Windermere

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.

Duncan Bannatyne tweeted: 'Tragic accident over there I am afraid' Credit: Twitter/@DuncanBannatyne

The Dragon's Den star later posted a photograph of the scene, saying: "Tragic accident over there I am afraid."

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Police: Man receiving treatment in hospital

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.

– Cumbria Police
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Pair die after suffering breathing difficulties on boat

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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