Boat on fire in Wells Harbour
There was drama last night at Wells Harbour as a boat was engulfed in flames.
RNLI Wells inshore lifeboat was paged by the Coastguard at 6.54pm to go to the assistance of the vessel.
The volunteer crew of four launched from the boathouse at 7.07pm and headed inland along the channel towards the casualty vessel which was blazing into the evening sky. The inshore lifeboat, Peter Wilcox, arrived on scene at 7.09pm and moored up on the west side of the harbour on the beach bank and away from the burning boat.
They joined the Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service, who were already on scene and who had ascertained that there was no longer any people on board the vessel. With further agencies arriving, including the police and coastguard, the fire service took the lead.
The decision was made to put out the fire instead of leaving it to burn out. The tide was ebbing and the moored boat was now on sand.
With the lifeboat already on the water, there was no requirement to launch the fire service boat. By using the lifeboat, the crew supported the firefighters by transporting fire equipment and firefighters across the channel to the vicinity of the burning boat.
The inshore lifeboat crew also assisted on foot to feed a hose from the fire pump across the channel to the blazing vessel, which the firefighters used to put out the flames with foam fed through it.
Once the fire service was satisfied that the fire was completely distinguished, the lifeboat crew helped to bring the equipment back across the channel, which was now approaching low tide.
At 10.48pm the lifeboat crew were stood down.