Source: Jim O’Rourke, Manly Daily
Police and West Pittwater RFS responds to a boat fire. Picture: Marine Rescue NSW
TWO people and their pet dog were forced to leap from a motor cruiser that caught fire north of Sydney.
The couple in the 70s, from the Central Coast, had to jump into a dingy they were towing after the boat’s engine caught fire on Pittwater.
Smoke was seen billowing from the nine-metre essel as it drifted off The Basin at the northern end of Pittwater, east of Palm Beach, soon after 10.30am
A boat caught fire near Palm Beach, on the eastern side of Pittwater. Picture: Google Maps
The female occupant and their chihuahua — which was wearing a lifejacket — scrambled into the dinghy as the deck of the fibreglass cruiser
started to melt.
The male occupant had tried to put the fire out himself before a Water Police boat arrived. The couple and the dog were not injured.
One of the passengers and her dog, who were both rescued. Picture: Marine Rescue NSW
Senior Constable Damien Cook. of Broken Bay Water Police, said officers were able to get on board the burning boat with a hose and douse the fire in the
“We then put water on the melting deck to cool it down before we took off gas tanks and spare fuel.”
The Rural Fire Service’s West Pittwater Brigades Fire Boat arrived soon after to put out the smouldering remains of the engine bay.
The boats occupants were then picked up from the dinghy and transferred to a Water Police vessel.
Snr Constable Cook said the cruiser is now being towed by Marine Rescue NSW to Koolewong, near Woy Woy.