UPDATE: Fire service issues advice after couple rescued from boat in Castleford

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West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service has issued safety tips for boaters after a couple had a lucky escape from a boat fire on Sunday.

Firefighters from Castleford, Wakefield, Leeds, Brighouse and Rothwell were called to the River Calder in Castleford, near Methley Bridge, after a couple discovered a fire on their 15ft long pleasure craft. The couple, from Doncaster, spotted smoke coming from the engine compartment and found the fire at around 1.45pm.

The pair, and their dog, were forced to abandon the boat and jump into the water before being picked up by a passing narrow boat. The pair were both taken to hospital as the woman suffered burns to her arms and the man was suffering from smoke inhalation. The dog was unharmed but the boat was destroyed.


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