A BOAT with a dog on board was rescued after a fire broke out in the engine.
Newhaven RNLI was called out Monday night to help the stricken 41-foot motor cruiser.
There were two people on it, along with the dog.
The lifeboat was called just after 7 p.m. and the fire was extinguished, although the crew were concerned it might start again.
An RNLI spokesman said: “Conditions were good, clear sunny evening skies with calm seas and a small onshore breeze.
“When Newhaven’s Severn-class lifeboats, David and Elizabeth Acland, arrived on site, the ship involved in the accident confirmed that there had been no evidence of fire or smoke.”
A crew member was transferred to the ship and a tow train set up.
Lewis Arnold, helmsman, said: “Fortunately the ship’s owner was able to put out the fire with onboard extinguishers. It is a good reminder for all seafarers.
“Please ensure you have a suitable fire extinguisher on board that is regularly maintained and a way to call for help.
“Fires on board can escalate quickly, you need to have a plan in place if an urgent evacuation is ever needed.”
The motor cruiser was towed to Newhaven Marina as there was no berth available at Brighton.
The Coastguard Rescue Team and East Sussex Fire Brigade waited to meet it in Newhaven.
“If you are in an emergency situation or see someone on the water in trouble, call 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard,” the spokesman added.
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