Two people escape Boat fire in Ryde Harbour

Fire crews from across the Island have been called to yacht fire in Ryde Harbour this lunchtime.
The yacht sent a plum of black smoke and flames after a fire broke out onboard. Fire fighters from Newport and Ryde are working with the UK Costguard Independent lifeboat Ryde rescue has also been mobilised by the Costguard operations centre in Fareham.
An investigation has been started into the cause of the fire that saw two people escape without injury.

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency statement says: “Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ryde Rescue Boat have been sent to the scene, along with the IOW Fire and Rescue Service. Ryde Harbour Master and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have also been informed.

“We have received reports that the person on board has made it safely off the boat and is ashore. He is safe and well and does not require medical treatment.

“We are advising members of the public to keep at a safe distance whilst the emergency services get the fire under control.”