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A well known fishing family in Dartmouth have tonight lost their home and business after fire ripped through their boat, The African Queen, early this morning.
Alan and Hilary Hemsley lived on the boat from which they ran fishing trips for tourists. The former Navy vessel is steeped in history, having helped to repatriate bodies of those killed during World War Two. Seth Conway reports.
Fire fighters spent last night dealing with a fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth.
The RNLI have released this video which shows volunteers from Torbay and Dart lifeboats tackling the blaze.
Following last night's fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth assessors have been examining the damage caused.
The 51ft pleasure boat, The African Queen, has been badly damaged, although it's hope the hull is salvageable.
Team work and quick actions meant a boat fire on the river Dart did not become a much more serious incident.
Just after midnight on Monday night, Dart Harbour staff were alerted by Brixham Coastguard to a serious fire aboard the African Queen, belonging to Alan and Hilary Hemsley.
Luckily Hilary and Alan were not on board when the fire took hold and by the time Dart Harbour staff arrived on the scene the vessel was well and truly ablaze.
Fire fighters have spent the night dealing with a fire on board a boat moored in the Dart Estuary at Dartmouth.
The 51ft pleasure boat called The African Queen was well alight and a number of appliances were required.