East Anglia: Four rescued from river as cruiser sinks after catching fire

EAST ANGLIA: Four people were rescued from the waters of the River Bure after a cruiser they were on set ablaze before eventually sinking.

Teams from Hemsby Lifeboat, Great Yarmouth Coastguards, and the Broads Authority, who launched their boat River Fox, attended the blaze at around 6.10pm today in the Wroxham Broads.

The cruiser was alight near the Norfolk Broads Boat Club and was doused with water by a firefighters who borrowed a boat from the club.

There were fears of an explosion from gas canisters on board, however it sank around two hours later, with those on board rescued having abandoned ship. There were no reported injuries.

A spokesman for Great Yarmouth Coastguards said: “The teams were doing a good job, and it was just about getting the people away as quickly as they could, and keeping the vessel away from the shores.”

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