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4:48pm 4th October 2016
(Updated 4:48pm 4th October 2016)

A fishing boat goes up in flames off the coast of Cornwall.

Firefighters were scrambled to Polruan on Tuesday lunchtime.

Crews managed to use jets to put the blaze out.

A Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service spokesperson said: "Fire crews from Polruan and Fowey attended a fishing vessel on fire.

"On arrival, the first crew were faced with a well developed fire and the vessel was well alight.

"Crews used two breathing apparatus sets and a hose reel jet to extinguish the fire."

How to make your boat safe:

  • Fit a smoke detector
  • Fit a carbon monoxide (CO) detector

Generally smoke alarms should be mounted on the deckhead or ceiling, 30cm from the cabin sides and within five metres of each protected area of the vessel. On some boats this will mean installing more than one alarm, and it is recommended to choose units that can be linked together.

  • Ensure furnishings and (foam) insulation are fire retardant
  • Run wiring looms through conduits to avoid chaffing
  • Contain and vent battery boxes

You can find more safety advice here.

4:48pm 4th October 2016

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