Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Man critical after fishing boat blaze

A man was in a critical condition last night after a fishing boat caught fire in Carlingford Lough.

A second man was also injured after the fire broke out at 12.45pm yesterday on the Celtic Harvester, a 40-metre mussel dredger berthed at Warrenpoint Harbour, Co Down.

Emergency services rushed to the scene and the fire was put out within minutes.

The men were rushed to Daisy Hill Hospital in Newry seven miles away.

Last night a spokesman for the Southern Health and Social Services Trust confirmed that one of the men was in a critical condition and the other was stable.

Warrenpoint Harbour Authority chief executive Peter Conway said: “The incident was reported to the harbour emergency response team and the emergency plan was immediately put into operation.

“The Fire and Rescue Service and ambulance were called and arrived within minutes and the fire on the boat was soon extinguished.

“We hope the casualties will make a speedy recovery.

“An investigation has commenced as to the cause of the incident.”

Newry and Mourne Sinn Fein councillor Michael Ruane saw part of the incident occur yesterday.

He said: “I am a member of the Warrenpoint Harbour Authority and while I obviously regret the incident I am pleased at the way the emergency operation swung into action.

“It was a model in how to deal with an emergency.

“I wish both casualties all the best and trust they will make a full and swift recovery.”

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