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MFB saves ferry

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15 Nov 2012
MFB today successfully saved a passenger ferry in danger of sinking.

At 5:56 am today MFB was called to Gem Pier in Williamstown to assist with the 17-metre ferry that was taking in water.

 

Pumps were provided to remove water from the vessel, which is capable of carrying 100 passengers.

 

Twenty-three firefighters from MFB’s water emergency response crews prevented the vessel from sinking within 45 minutes.

 

A small quantity of oil was contained by floating booms to prevent pollution of the waterway.

 

MFB was assisted by the Environment Protection Authority, the Port of Melbourne Authority, the Department of Transport and Victoria Police.

 

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