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Enniskillen RNLI rescues two after boat fire

Lifeboats News Release

Enniskillen RNLI have brought two people to safety after their boat they were on showed signs of catching fire. The two people on board quickly used their fire extinguishers and phoned 999 and asked for Coastguard.

RNLI/Stevie Ingram

Enniskillen RNLI crew approaching the casualty vessel

The charity’s inshore lifeboat Joseph and Mary Hiley and Rescue Watercraft were requested by Belfast Coastguard at 12.01 pm today (Wednesday 4 July) and they proceeded to the area close to Castle Cauldwell, three miles east of Belleek.

Weather at the time was warm, with calm conditions and no wind.

When the lifeboat and rescue watercraft arrived with the casualty vessel they had the company of a passing vessel. The volunteer crew checked the boat and the owners had extinguished the source of the fire and carried out necessary precautions.

The lifeboat set up a towline and brought the boat and passengers to Magho jetty where they were met by Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service personnel based in Belleek. The boat was checked over again and all were satisfied that the fire was well extinguished.

Following the call out Enniskillen RNLI Helm Adrian Kelly said: “We were happy to assist the vessel back to Magho jetty after the owner had safely deployed his fire extinguishers and prevented serious damage. It was encouraging to see that the vessel had adequate safety equipment on board.”

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