Boat fire on the Solent (16 images)

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Passengers on a ferry were shocked when they saw a boat ablaze - with three men stranded on board. A coastguard vessel blasted the 40ft long cruiser with a water cannon after another ship rescued the men on board.

The blaze, which was started by an engine failure, ravaged the boat, which eventually sank in Southampton Water, Hants. Day-trippers on the ferry from the Isle of Wight to Southampton looked on in horror as they passed the boat, with smoke billowing into the air.
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