Three people rescued including a baby after yacht catches fire off Brighton

Coastguards responded to a “developing incident” off the coast of Brighton on Monday afternoon (May 2). Volunteers from the RNLI crew were called at around 2.30pm to an incident involving a yacht which had a baby on board. The French registered yacht had suffered an engine fire and had lost all power.

Three people, including the baby, were on board at the time of the incident which had occurred at a time when sailing conditions were considered “good” with “calm seas”. Random Harvest, the RNLI vessel, responded to the incident which was occurring around 3.5 miles southwest of Brighton Marina. Thankfully, by the time the volunteers had reached the scene, the fire had already been put out by those on board the affected yacht.

: Gatwick Airport: Plane was at ‘high’ risk of hitting ‘large’ drone just 40ft away The yacht was then towed back to shore where East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service were waiting to ensure everyone was safe and well. No injuries have been reported following the fire.

Lifeboat Operations Manager Roger Cohen said: “Fortunately the yacht’s owner was able to extinguish the fire with onboard extinguishers. East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service attended to confirm the fire was out. “Please ensure you have a suitable fire extinguisher on board that has been regularly serviced and a means of calling for assistance.

Fires onboard can escalate rapidly and you should plan for an evacuation. Coastguards have said that the call out was the second of the weekend for the volunteer crew in Brighton, who have so far launched 22 times in 2022. Those who find themselves in an emergency situation or spot someone else in trouble should call 999 or 112 and ask for the coastguard.

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