Three rescued in motorboat blaze
Three men had to be rescued from their boat in
the Thames Estuary yesterday after its engine exploded.
One of the trio – who were all in
their 30s – suffered minor burns to one of his arms while another
was in shock. They managed to extinguish the small fire the
They were on board a 24ft motorboat
called "The Bends" between Sheerness sea front and the wreck of the
SS Richard Montgomery, close to the Isle of Grain, just before 3pm
when the incident happened.
An all weather lifeboat from Sheerness
was dispatched just after 3pm and took the men on board.
An RAF rescue helicopter arrived
shortly afterwards and a winchman checked the injured men over.
Coastguard and ambulance crews met the
lifeboat with the men at Queenborough at 4:42pm.
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