Blaze boat brought to shore

A TUG boat which caught alight while off the coast at Cromer has today been successfully brought to shore.Suffolk firefighters helped bring the boat, and its three crew members, to the coast of Lowestoft after the engine of the 30-metre tug boat caught alight at 8am yesterday .

A TUG boat which caught alight while off the coast at Cromer has today been successfully brought to shore.

Suffolk firefighters helped bring the boat, and its three crew members, to the coast of Lowestoft after the engine of the 30-metre tug boat caught alight at 8am yesterday .

The firefighters were part of the Maritime Incident Response Group (MIRG National Response) called to help onboard HT Blade.

Crews managed to safely being the boat to shore at 3.20am today and at 7.30am firefighters were checking the engine on Lowestoft quay.

Wattisham's RAF search and rescue helicopter joined firefighters dealing with a tug blaze off the East Anglian coast.

Glynn Young, Watch Manager, Yarmouth Maritime Rescue Coordination Centre, said: "Extensive boundary cooling took place around the casualty tug, though the temperature dropped steadily.

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“Supplies had to be taken out to the crews by the Cromer RNLI Inshore Lifeboat.

“The Tugs Grey Salvor and Grey Vixen helped out on scene and towed the vessel to Lowestoft Harbour, where they were met by Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service to evaluate the situation in a more secure environment for their personnel."

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