An engine room fire on a boat travelling from Canvey Island to London caused three men to be rescued by the lifeboat services.
The Lifeboat services were sent from Gravesend Royal National Lifeboat Association to perform the rescue operation. The fire service was alerted and used thermal imaging and ventilation to check for the spread of fumes.
Whilst fire is unlikely on a boat that is well maintained to minimum safety standards, it is a grave concern to boaters who can be caught unawares or in a situation where escape is difficult. Therefore it is important to make sure you have as many fire security measures in place as possible.
The RNLI had to rescue nearly 8,000 people from various situations in 2012. Whether it is because of the weather or freak circumstances that lead to a situation that you are unable to cope with, it is important that you have the correct safety equipment on-board. It is also vital that you check that your insurance covers you for the location that you are sailing and any activities you are planning. For example;
- On-board parties
- Water sports
- Fishing trips
- Off-shore sailing
- Diving and snorkelling
See RNLI website www.rnli.org