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Two escape as boat damaged.

TWO men escaped unhurt when their pleasure boat began to sink in the River Tyne.

The men raised the alarm last night after the 35ft vessel hit underwater debris and began to take in water.

When rescuers arrived there was about two and a half feet of water in the bottom of the boat.

The boat's hull was damaged but the engine was still working and the men had managed to make it close to the Friar's Goose Marina at Felling in Gateshead.

Firefighters from Hebburn used the pumps on board the fire service's fire boat to pump out of most of the water and then submersible electric pumps were used to remove most of the remainder.

The stricken boat was taken to a nearby slipway so that when the tide went out she could be beached and repairs then carried out.

Crews also loaned the owner a generator and a pump to remove the rest of the water.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jul 9, 2007
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