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JennyMorgan

Boat On Fire!

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Bad news, I see someone has been injured, I hope they soon recover and that their boat and home (if it is that) can be saved!

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We had four fire tenders pass us earlier, two had boats in tow. I initially thought it was a boat in commissioners cut but could see from the footbridge at Thunder lane it was much further down stream. Lots of smoke was coming from the area near to the BA and Griffin marine. I do hope whoever was injured that it's not too serious. 

Colin

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Perhaps not a boat, maybe vandals have struck.

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Vandals a possibility but the edp and Norfolk fire service confirm it as a boat on fire with someone pressumedly injured trying to put it out. We can only hope for a follow up article when a reporter actually goes there.

Colin

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Norfolk fire and rescue service report the fire as being at Griffin marina. Fire was extinguished with compressed air foam and hose reel . No mention on their website of casualties. 

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Just a guess, bilge or engine compartment heater? 

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Anyone have any details of the boat. Impossible to tell what it looked like before. A comment elsewhere says it was called Maggie2 but not been able to find it on Craig's list. The nearest is Maggie II but shown removed from reg 2013.

Colin

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Do investigation reports get released on these incidents so things can be learnt from them?  As a novice boat owner, its making me nervous as this is the second one within weeks

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Not good, I dont suppose the cause will be made known to the public.

I noticed today the boat is still in situ in Beccles, I thought steps might be taken to remove fire wrecks a bit more swiftly. 

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Re fire-wrecks, I suppose it's a case of the Authorities sitting tight and waiting for the owner or his insurance company to remove the wreck. Should that not happen then I suppose it will be removed by the Authority & at the expense of us toll payers. That will probably depend on when they have a suitable workboat in the area.

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In such cases I imagine the Authority will seek recompense from the boat insurers, as long as there are any. Much the same as local authorities claim for highway repairs and damaged street furniture following car crashes and fires.

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Regretfully, Ray, it depends on the Authority having a home address, one that isn't c/o the local harbour master for example. It's not unheard of for boat-owners to walk away from their responsibilities.

 

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Ah, that's interesting. Yes I see the problem!

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I doubt the authorities care as it isn't on the navigation but a private side cut, I would imagine the guys at the yard may shift it to at least the bank to clear the way, I know the marina as I moor there and have to say was relieved to see it round the corner from my mooring but do feel sorry for the owner for sure.

I would imagine insurance won't be a problem as it's a requirement of the yard it's in (unless it was set adrift from the yard opposite to avoid spreading, I don't know their requirements).

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14 hours ago, Islander said:

Anyone have any details of the boat. Impossible to tell what it looked like before. A comment elsewhere says it was called Maggie2 but not been able to find it on Craig's list. The nearest is Maggie II but shown removed from reg 2013.

Colin

 

Is this the boat referred to above?

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=6900&BoatHistory=11424

 

or this one ...

 

http://www.broads.org.uk/wiki2018/index.php?title=Boat_Details&BoatId=17066&BoatHistory=27268

 

May be not looking at last registration.

 

 

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I think the Broom would have been too big but then the fire would have left very little showing. Still very sad whatever boat it was.

Colin

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14 hours ago, Smoggy said:

I doubt the authorities care as it isn't on the navigation but a private side cut,

So on a 'contiguous water'... So what exactly are the responsibilities of the Authority ?

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1 hour ago, Poppy said:

. So what exactly are the responsibilities of the Authority ?

Exactly. If they don't allow boats to be lived on in a private off river basin and insist that boats on off river moorings are tolled, then they must also be concerned about this.

There seem to have been rather a lot of boat fires recently. I don't suppose there is an arsonist about? Won't be the fist time.

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1 hour ago, Poppy said:

So on a 'contiguous water'... So what exactly are the responsibilities of the Authority ?

Arguably they ensure that boats are insured and certified for the benefit of other users of a contiguous water. Some might also suggest that it ensures an income stream for Authority aspirations but of course that would be a totally spurious suggestion!  

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As if you would ever make spurious suggestions!!!!!

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