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Public advised to avoid harbour after boat fire

The public are being advised to stay away from the immediate area of Ryde Harbour following a fire on board a 40ft Sunseeker speedboat earlier today.

Fire crews have been working to contain a quantity of diesel within the harbour, which has leaked from the vessel.

Anti-pollution booms are being used.

Council staff are on site to advise the public to keep away from the area of the harbour, both immediately onshore and offshore.

Harbour users are also being notified.

It is understood no one was injured in the fire on board the vessel, which has now been put out by firefighters.

The council is working with the owner of the speedboat to have it removed from the harbour area.

Sole survivor of fishing boat tragedy speaks out

He clung to a buoy off the coast of Sussex - for several hours before being rescued by lifeguards.

Tonight, the sole survivor of a fishing boat tragedy has been speaking about the terrible events that led to the death of his three friends.

45 year old Elvis Cojocariu says their boat sank so quickly there was no time to put on lifejackets.

As Richard Slee reports.

Richard spoke to survivor Elvis Cojocariu.


Boat builder makes slight oversight...

We've all heard horror stories about buying a sofa that's too big to get into the lounge, but what about building a boat that's too big to get out of your garden?

That's exactly what happened to Ramsgate resident John Couzens who decided - along with his two sons - to build a luxury yacht in his back yard.

It was a project designed to boost both the skills and confidence of his children.

But when the big day came to take it to the marina, they were presented with a major obstacle: the house...

Watch John Ryall's report.

Boat that was on fire now sunk in Isle of Wight marina

The boat that was on fire yesterday Credit: Bright Wight Images

A boat that was on fire yesterday on the Isle of Wight has now sunk.

Officers were called to East Cowes Marina shortly after 1pm following reports of smoke billowing from a motor cruiser moored up near to The Lifeboat pub.

Divers are now in the process of trying to contain the diesel in the boat from leaking out into the waters of the marina.

£5m boat on fire

Firefighters are tackling a large boat fire on the Isle of Wight.

Officers were called to East Cowes Marina shortly after 1pm following reports of smoke billowing from a motor cruiser moored up near to The Lifeboat pub.

Firefighters tackle large boat fire Credit: Bright Wight images

Two appliances from Newport and one from East Cowes Fire Station were initially sent to the scene, but a further two appliances from Ryde have been deployed to the scene to assist colleagues.

Flames engulf large cruiser Credit: Bright Wight Images

Thick, black smoke is billowing across East Cowes as flames engulf the luxury vessel, believed to be worth up to £5 million.

Residents in the area have been advised to keep windows and doors shut.

Firefighters tackle large boat fire Credit: Bright Wight Images


Lifeboat rescues crew of stricken motor boat

Five people have been rescued by a lifeboat after their motor boat begantaking on water when an engine component failed.

Both Calshot lifeboats were launched at 4:50 pm after a report from Solent Coastguard that the boat was in difficulty off Calshot beach.

The 18 foot motor boat with seven people on board, four adults and three children began to pump seawater into its engine compartment after an intake hose failed.

One adult and all of the children aboard were taken on to Calshot’s lifeboat which had been out on a training exercise

The boats skipper was taken aboard Calshot’s Atlantic 85 lifeboat Max Walls_ and returned to Calshot to get equipment to retrieve his boat.

Police won't search for missing fishermen

The body of skipper David McFarlane was recovered on Friday Credit: Dorset Police

Officers co-ordinating the hunt for the missing crew members of a stricken

fishing boat say they won't search the wreck for their bodies.

The Purbeck Isle and its three crew members were reported missing off the coast

of Weymouth a week ago.

The body of skipper David McFarlane from Weymouth was recovered from the

water. Crewmen Robert Prowse and Jack Craig haven't been seen or heard from

since the boat left Weymouth Harbour last Thursday.

Jack Craig hasn't been seen since last Thursday Credit: Dorset Police
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