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Monday 5 December 2016

Three fishermen rescued after boat catches fire in Howth harbour

Fire on Howth trawler (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Fire on Howth trawler (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Fire on Howth trawler (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)
Fire on Howth trawler (Photo: Dublin Fire Brigade)

Three fishermen were rescued from a trawler this morning after the engine room caught fire in Howth harbour.

The emergency began at 7.20am when smoke started billowing from the cabin of the vessel which was tied up at the west pier.

A team of around 20 firefighters responded to the call including the swift water rescue unit in case any of the crew had gone overboard to escape the flames and smoke.

Three crew from the boat were rescued and treated at the scene for the effects of smoke inhalation but did not require hospital treatment.

Fire fighters quickly brought the blaze under control and the boat was declared safe at 8.30am.

“The main difficulty was that the boat was not tied-up directly to the pier, but was three boats out, so the crews had to cross two boats to get to it,” said a spokesman for Dublin Fire Brigade.

Members of Dublin Fire Brigade tweeted pictures of the operation, saying it appeared the fire had started in the wheelhouse.

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