Several fire brigade units were in attendance at Bathurst Basin on the evening of 9th March when fire broke out in one of the Cabot Cruising Club boats – Silverlight II. The cause of the fire is unknown but the damage was severe as our image below reveals.
In a statement, Avon Fire & Rescue said: “We were called at 19:02 on Thursday 9 March to reports of a boat fire near Lower Guinea Street, Bristol. Crews from Temple, Bedminster, Kingswood and Southmead were mobilised to the scene. On arrival, crews found a boat well alight. Firefighters used two portable pumps, one 45mm jet and one high pressure hose reel to extinguish the blaze. Four firefighters wore breathing apparatus for safety and four swift water operatives on the Services’ boat were on the water to provide additional firefighting support. Following fire investigation, the cause is thought to be accidental. We’re pleased to confirm no persons were injured during the fire.”
Silverlight II was one of the first wooden Norfolk Broads cruisers off the production line with a sliding roof.