Lifeboat volunteers have rescued two people after their vessel caught fire early this morning.
Just before 8am today, Humber Rescue were alerted to attend a vessel that was said to be taking on water - the location at the time was given as near to Blacktoft in East Yorkshire.
Crews took pumping equipment with them to the scene. Before arriving on scene they received a radio message informing them that the vessel was floating freely in the river and was now near to Reedness and had caught fire. At this point the boat was abandoned, as the people on board were in fear of their own safety.
Humber Rescue were informed of the fire after the people who abandoned the vessel called the fire brigade from their mobile phone. When Humber Rescue arrived on scene they rescued the two people from the river, their vessel was described as ‘well alight’.
Humberside Fire & Rescue Service are also attending the incident.
Martin Rumford, trustee & coxswain at Humber Rescue said; “This incident serves as an illustration as to how quickly things can escalate, leaving crew members with no option but to abandon their vessel. We cannot emphasise enough the need to make sure that all of your safety and communication equipment is checked and working before setting out on a journey.”
Photos courtesy Humber Rescue