An inboard failure and then hell: boat on fire off Ventimiglia


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An inboard failure and then all hell broke loose: a 12-meter boat carrying four Piedmontese caught fire off Ventimiglia. The flames also reached the tender, preventing the crew from reaching the shore. Evidently, but this is our assumption, the raft provided could not even be used-the four had to jump into the water.

One of them could not swim; fortunately they were rescued by a fishing boat and brought ashore, where the Green Cross took them to the hospital. (Image source:

Fire on board is not very common, but in most cases an inboard failure is the most common cause. That’s why you have to know it inside out to know how to interpret any warning signs.

In this fact sheet (which we recommend you open in a larger size by clicking on it) we do a nice review, so that you can always set sail safely, knowing where you’re going to put your hands in case of breakdown…




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