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MFB firefighters save sinking boat

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28 Nov 2013
MFB firefighters were called to assist the M.V. Mandalay which was filling with water and threatening to sink.

Specialist equipment was used to provide pumping assistance to stabilise the boat; a process that took approximately two hours.

Once the boat was stabilised it was handed back to the owner however firefighters had to quickly return to the boat as smoke was seen coming from the vents. Water entering the electric pump caused an electrical short and fire, which caused damage to the immediate area around the pump including the walls.

MFB used booms to stop the spread of a small quantity of fuel spilt from the 25 metre vessel. 

No of appliances: 6
No of firefighters: approximately 24

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