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Yachting Boating World: A man is being treated in hospital following a fire on a barge at Castlefield in Manchester. He is understood to have jumped into the canal to escape the flames.

 

A man has suffered burns to his legs and arms following a fire on a barge at Castlefield, Manchester.

Firefighters from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service were called to Castle Quay at 10.44am on 14 August, following reports of an engine fire.

Fire engines from Moss Side, Salford and Eccles, along with the fire service boat from Eccles, attended the incident.

The fire was out on arrival, but one man was given first aid before the ambulance service took him to hospital.

The man was working on the vessel’s engine when it caught fire.

He was forced to jump into the canal.

A spokesman from the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said officers were on the scene for an hour.

The man suffered 10 per cent burns to his legs and arms.

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Yachting Boating World: The owner of the boat was left red faced after he failed to properly secure his boat in its trailer. The vessel broke free and slid off onto the road.

 

The owner of Hard Game caused traffic chaos after the boat slid off its trailer, and onto a busy road in Darwin, Australia.

The vessel came adrift of its trailer at the corner of Nightcliff Road and Trower Road on 2 August.

The police were forced to close one lane of the route during the morning, while the owner waited for a crane to arrive.

The boat was eventually moved several hours later.

Motorists were urged to be patient and obey all traffic directions in place.

Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services posted a photo of the vessel on its Facebook page, under the heading “Not smooth sailing”.

The post prompted comments from hundreds of people.

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Yachting Boating World: The authorities in Queensland have announced that they have identified the ship that spilled tonnes of oil on the Great Barrier Reef.

 

It has taken them a year, but Queensland investigators say they have finally identified the foreign ship which was responsible for an oil spill on the Great Barrier Reef.

Up to 15 tonnes of oil were spilled in the waters off Cape Upstart in July 2015.

It subsequently washed up on the shores of mainland beaches and islands north of Townsville. The clean up took weeks and cost $1.5 million.

The authorities identified 17 ships which were in the area at the time of the incident.

Many of them were on international voyages. All of them denied responsibility.

So, a major joint-agency investigation was launched. It included the Maritime Safety Queensland and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.

Now after a year, the Ports Minister, Mark Bailey has announced that the authorities know which ship is the culprit.

“It was a difficult investigation, as the ship believed to be responsible is foreign registered with a crew of foreign nationals,” Bailey told the Brisbane Times.

“This is an extremely complex legal process involving both Australian and international maritime law and we don’t want to jeopardise the case by identifying the suspect vessel while the evidence is being fully considered,” he continued.

The minister said the government has vowed to “relentlessly pursue anyone wilfully or negligently polluting our coastal waters, especially the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park area.”

He added that the investigation demonstrated the government’s “resolve” on this matter.

“We will ensure Queenslanders are not out of pocket for this incident and will seek full cost recovery through the Australian Maritime Safety Authority either out of the offending ship’s insurance or from a National Plan fund set aside for these occurrences,” announced Bailey.

All the evidence has now been passed to the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

If there is a prosecution, the operators of the overseas-registered, foreign-crewed ship could face state and federal fines of up to $17m.

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Yachting Boating World: Lock 5 on the Droitwich Junction Canal is now open after a man died. His narrowboat sank while going through the canal lock.

 

A man in his 40s has died after his narrowboat sank on the Droitwich Junction Canal,
off the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

The emergency services were called to Lock 5 on the morning of 25 July following reports of the sinking.

The lock was drained by crews from the Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. Despite attempts to resuscitate the man at the scene, he was pronounced dead.

An elderly woman, believed to be the man’s mother, was also on board the boat but managed to get off before it sank.

She was assessed by paramedics from the West Midlands Ambulance Service, but was found to be unharmed.

The narrowboat has now been removed from lock 5, and the navigation has been re-opened. It had been closed since 13.00 on 25 July.

The Canal and River Trust, which looks after the Droitwich Junction Canal, said it would be looking into the incident to see if any lessons could be learnt.

“We’re deeply saddened to hear that someone’s lost their life on the canal, and our thoughts are with the family at this very difficult time,” said a trust spokesman.

“We’re in contact with the emergency services to try to understand exactly what has happened, and will do anything we can to help as they conduct their investigation,” continued the spokesman.

“Incidents like this are rare, and there have been no indications as yet that there’s a fault with the canal, however we’ll be looking at whether there’s anything we can do to prevent this kind of thing happening again in future.”

Fire crews from Droitwich, Malvern and Evesham all attended the incident.

The Canal and River Trust, the Midlands Air Ambulance and the Hazardous Area Response Team also attended the scene.

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Yachting Boating World: An investigation is now underway after a boat exploded in a marina in Ibiza, leaving two people in a critical condition in hospital.

 

The Ports De Balears in Ibiza are investigating to try and find out why a small boat exploded into flames at Marina Ibiza.

Five people were on board at the time on the incident on 24 July.

According to witnesses, the 23-foot boat had just refuelled when the explosion happened.

A  woman is reported to have suffered burns to 90 per cent of her body, while a 36-year-old man has 80 per cent burns. Both are receiving treatment at a specialist burns unit in Valencia.

Another man suffered a burnt arm and two other people were treated for smoke inhalation.

A jet-ski was also engulfed in flames when the explosion happened. Firefighters were called and put out the blaze.

The Ports de Balears has opened an investigation to find out the cause of the explosion.

All the victims are believed to have come from Valencia.

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Practical Boat Owner: A motor cruiser sank after running aground on rocks at Puffin Island off the eastern tip of Anglesey, Wales.

 

The two crew aboard the 35ft boat, Le Babe, made a Mayday call at around midday today, 14 July. They were rescued by a local motor cruiser run by Anglesey Boat Trips. Le Babe sank before it could be removed from the scene by lifeboat crews.

A spokesman for RNLI Beaumaris said: ‘The volunteer crew members of the RNLI Beaumaris and Moelfre lifeboats were paged at 12.18pm on Thursday 14 July 2016 in response to a Mayday call from a vessel that had struck the rocks on the west end of Puffin Island.

‘Upon the arrival of the lifeboats at the scene the crew of two who had been aboard the 35ft motor boat had been taken off by a local motor cruiser.

‘Beaumaris lifeboat then came along side the local RIB and transferred the two crew to Moelfre lifeboat.

‘As they required no medical assistance the crew of the casualty vessel had been brought back to Beaumaris Pier by another local boat.

‘In view of the location of the casualty vessel and it being in danger of sinking both the Beaumaris and the Moelfre lifeboats attempted to remove the boat from the rocks but they could not do so before the vessel sank.

‘The Annette Mary Liddington returned to Beaumaris and The Kiwi returned to Moelfre both the lifeboats having been at sea for five and half hours on this service.’

A spokesman for Puffin Island Cruises said: ‘Our very own Captain Stan (former member of the Beaumaris lifeboat crew) contacted Holyhead Coastguard to raise the alarm when the vessel’s own mayday calls went unanswered.

‘We gather that all persons on board were safely taken from the vessel by our friends at Anglesey Boat Trips who were running trips to Puffin Island from Conwy.’

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Yachting Boating World: The three sailors were rowing back to their yachts when they were swamped by a wave in the Barmouth channel, Wales. They were found several hours later.

 

The three sailors had rowed ashore to Barmouth to watch the Wales V Portugal Euro semi-final match.

They had arrived earlier on 6 July in their respective boats – a 30-foot Etap yacht, Miss Millie, and Yacht Dido. Both were moored in Barmouth harbour.

The three men had been returning to their vessels when they were swamped by a wave. Their dinghy capsized in the main channel.

A Barmouth RNLI spokesman said: “With the strong ebb tide flowing at 4 to 5 knots, they were soon swept out to sea.”

Both the Barmouth RNLI Inshore Lifeboat and the All-weather lifeboat were launched to search for the sailors.

The rescue was co-ordinated by HM Coastguard, who initially alerted the RNLI volunteers at around 1am.

A HM Coastguard Search and Rescue helicopter was also involved in the search.

The three men were eventually located at 03.07 by the Barmouth All-weather lifeboat, Moira Barrie.

The sailors had drifted a considerable distance out over the bar and into the bay.

“The men had managed to right the dinghy but it was swamped with water, they were very cold and shocked. None of them were wearing lifejackets,” noted the Barmouth RNLI spokesman.

The sailors were brought ashore to the lifeboat house, where they were able to shower and warm-up before being returned safely to their yachts.

The men returned to the lifeboat house later that day to thank the crew.

“We were rowing out towards our boat and were in the main channel when a wave hit us and we capsized,” the men told the RNLI volunteers.

“We hadn’t realised how strong the tide was and were soon swept out, but managed to hang on to the boat. We were in the water for some time before we saw the lifeboat’s searchlights and heard the helicopter,” they continued.

“We are very grateful to the crew, they were brilliant. We will be going back to Ireland tomorrow,” the men stated.

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Yachting Boating World: Timothy Lenz was living on board the boat when it caught fire off the coast of Saco, Maine. His wife’s ashes were on board when the vessel sank.

 

Timothy Lenz had kept his wife’s ashes on board his motorboat every since he moved onto the vessel.

The retired veteran, who lives alone, was on a trip to Connecticut when the engine compartment caught fire near Wood Island, Maine.

Lenz told the television station, WMTW that he tried to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the smoke was too thick.

He took the decision to abandon his 31-foot motorboat, leaving behind his wife’s ashes. He was rowing away from the boat in his skiff when he was later picked up by a passing fisherman, who alerted the authorities.

The Coast Guard, Maine Marine Patrol and Saco Fire Department responded to the fire.

A spokesman for the Maine Marine Patrol said: “The vessel was fully engulfed when Marine Patrol arrived and was eventually extinguished by local Fire Department personnel. Marine Patrol transported Mr. Lenz to Camp Ellis where he was evaluated and released by local EMS.”

“Marine Patrol reports that Mr. Lenz’s boat sank as a result of the fire. No plans have been reported yet to recover the vessel,” concluded the spokesman.

Lenz said he has lost most of his valuables in the fire and subsequent sinking. But, he is trying to remain positive.

“If I had stepped into the boat any deeper with that black smoke, I probably wouldn’t have come back out. They probably would’ve found me,” Lenz told WMTW.

He said he is very grateful to the passing fisherman who came to his aid: “I’m just glad that a fisherman come by, saw me, because I was in the little dingy rowing away as fast as I could,” Lenz said.

An investigation is now underway to find out the exact cause of the fire.

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Yachting Boating World: Alchemist, the yacht belonging to the commodore of the Island Sailing Club, sank during the Round the Island Race on 2 July after hitting a shipwreck.

But it was good news for TP52 Gladiator who won the race and MOD70 Phaedo 3 who smashed the multihall record time.

 

Dramatic footage of the sinking of the Alchemist during the Round the Island Race has been released.

It was shot by a crew member of RNLI Mudeford, which rescued the crew just seconds before the yacht sank.

It started taking on water after hitting the shipwreck of the SS Varbassi just east of The Needles on the Isle of Wight. The vessel was competing in the Round the Island Race on 2 July.

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The Dubois half-tonner, Alchemist, sank in 17 metres of water just east of The Needles, Isle of Wight on 2 July.

The yacht hit the wreck of the SS Varvassi while competing in the Round the Island Yacht Race.

The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) racer belongs to the commodore of the Island Sailing Club, Mark Wynter. He was not on board at the time, and none of the crew were injured in the incident.

The Yarmouth RNLI all weather lifeboat, the Mudeford RNLI inshore lifeboat and The Needles coastguard rescue team all responded to the incident.

The Mudeford RNLI rescued the crew just seconds before Alchemist sank.

Strong winds during the racing, especially south of the Isle of Wight, meant challenging conditions for many taking part. Racing for some of the smaller classes of yacht was cancelled.

The Yarmouth lifeboat was called to six incidents during day, including the loss of a mast, damaged rudder, crew injuries and damaged hulls.

The sinking of the Alchemist has been reported to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Pollution was minimal because the yacht had little diesel onboard.

Meanwhile a yachtsman was taken to hospital on 1 July after being knocked unconscious while practicing for the Round the Island Race.

The man, who is in his 30s, suffered serious head injuries when he was thrown onto a winch handle. He was on board a 40 foot Sunsail ocean racer.

Cowes RNLI took the man to shore where he was taken to St Mary’s Hospital. Despite the challenging conditions, race organisers say that only a small percentage of the fleet retired from the race.

The overwhelming majority of competitors – some of whom saw gusts to almost 40 knots – successfully completed the course.

The winners of the prestigious Gold Roman Bowl for the first IRC boat on corrected time was Bernard Langley’s TP52 Gladiator.

The crew completed the course in less than four and a half hours from Gladiator’s start, beating Sir Keith Mills’ FAST 40+ Invictus, which had Prince Harry on board as crew.

Gladiator’s owner, Tony Langley, is currently racing his other TP52 in Porto Cervo, Sardinia, but his three children, Tom, Charlotte and Bernard, who helmed, all took part in the race.

“It was a windy and rough race,” said boat captain Brett Aarons, “especially in the overfalls off St Catherine’s and Dunnose. It was very wet, both on deck and below.”

Nevertheless the team never held back, hoisting the A3 spinnaker at the Needles, before peeling to the A4 at St Catherine’s Point and hitting speeds of 20-24 knots.

“At that point we knew that we had a chance of a good result,” stated Aarons.

“At that kind of speed, the adverse tide only slows you by a small percentage. Once we were back in the eastern Solent we were still in the last of the west-going favourable tide and were almost able to lay the finish line in one tack – it was a huge advantage,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, Lloyd Thornburg’s giant MOD70 trimaran Phaedo^3, tore round the course in two hours 23 minutes and 23 seconds.

In doing so he smashed the record time Sir Ben Ainslie set in 2013 by a stunning 28 minutes.

Speaking after crossing the line, Thornburg said: “We’re over the moon, the team work on board was fantastic and it was just on the edge where we could keep the full main up, so the boat was totally powered up.”

The largest monohull in the fleet, Mike Leopard’s 100ft Leopard, took monohull line honours, but failed to beat the record time he set in 2013 by 13 minutes.

When asked for his take on this 80th race in its 85th Anniversary year, ISC Sailing Flag and head of the ISC Race Management team, Dave Atkinson, acknowledged the challenges.

“The heavy weather forced us into making some pretty major decisions in cancelling some classes but we feel that with safety always being paramount, we were entirely justified in doing what we did,” he said.

“There are a few sad faces but many more happy ones. We act as we do with the information that we have and at the end of the day I think it has been an incredibly successful weekend,” concluded Atkinson.

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Yachting Boating World: An investigation has now been launched after an abandoned boat was spotted on fire on the River Thames. It later sank close to the Wokingham Waterside Centre.

 

Thames Valley Police are now investigating the cause of a fire on board a boat which later sank. Officers on a towpath at Cholmeley Road, Reading spotted the burning vessel at around 1.30am on 27 June.

The boat was floating down the river behind the Thames Valley Business Park. Firefighters from the Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called.

Two fire engines, the specialist appliance from Maidenhead and the water rescue unit and boat responded.

The crew on board the water rescue unit boat tried to reach the vessel to tow it ashore but the boat was so badly damaged that it sank near to the Wokingham Waterside Centre.

The police say that it is not believed that anyone was on board the 15 foot vessel. No one was injured in the incident.

A Thames Valley Police spokesman said: “Thames Valley police officers on a towpath at Cholmley Road, Reading spotted a fire on a 15ft boat (apparently abandoned) floating down the river.”

“Fire service attended and attempted to tow boat to shore but it was so badly damaged that it sank. It is not believed at this stage that anyone was on board at the time,” concluded the spokesman.

A team from the Environment Agency has since attended the scene to ensure the boat wasn’t causing a hazard to navigation.

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