Fishing boat catches fire outside St Helier harbour

Credit: Alex Pitt

Emergency services battled a blaze on water as a fishing boat caught fire in St Helier Harbour.

Although the two crew members were safe, the flares, fuel and gas cylinders still on board presented some risk.

As the RNLI's all weather lifeboat approached, the crew witnessed a number of explosions, so kept at a safe distance and kept all other vessels out of the way.

Fire crews put out the flames, then it was towed into deeper water where the RNLI could use it's hydrant to ensure the flames were out.

Once the fishing boat was judged to be safe, it was towed back to shore and handed over to the Coastguard.

The cause of the fire is now being investigated.