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Sailor rescued on the River Tyne

Rescue boats were called out on the river Tyne yesterday (August 23rd) as a man became stranded near Jarrow after his boat broke down. At around 11:00 BST, the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) and Northumbria Police's Marine Unit were called into action to rescue the boat, which had become grounded on the river bank. The engine had leaked and … More

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Boat owners urged to “always” wear lifejackets

Boat owners have been encouraged to stay safe on the water by wearing a lifejacket at all times. This is the advice of coastguards in Northern Ireland, issued after crews were called to a sinking vessel at Castlerock on Sunday afternoon (August 5th), the Coleraine Times reports. Two people on board a 20 ft boat found themselves in difficulties when … More

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Historic fishing boat sinks
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A local council may have to claim on a boat insurance policy after a historic fishing vessel owned by the body sank. The Esther, which was built in the town in 1888, has been on display at Alexandra Dock alongside the Ross Tiger since 1992, the Grimsby Telegraph reports. It was the last surviving fishing ship and was purchased by … More

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Community group’s damaged boat replaced
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A new boat has been gifted to a community group that was the victim of arson earlier this year. The BBC reports how Loughborough-based Clear Cut Conservation's original vessel had its engine stolen and was completely destroyed in the attack. However, the group may now require a new boat insurance policy as their aluminium craft has been replaced by well-wishers. … More

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Luxury boat explodes 15 minutes after collection
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A businessman who paid £269,000 for a brand new luxury yacht may have experienced every sailor's worst nightmare after his vessel went up in flames. Paul Ward had collected the craft just 15 minutes earlier from a yard in Hampshire when it suddenly exploded. The four-berth yacht was engulfed in flames and then sank beneath the water, as the 61-year-old … More

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Crane needed to remove wedged boat
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An operation involving a 300-tonne crane was required to remove a narrowboat wedged across a canal in Hebden Bridge, following the floods which swept the Yorkshire town. The 58 ft boat was lifted and turned across the Rochdale Canal as over a month's rain fell in 24 hours, BBC News reports. Soaring water levels caused a great deal of damage … More

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