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Exploding boat causes harbour holiday havoc
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Exploding boat causes harbour holiday havoc

Published: 07 Apr 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00
Updated: 07 Apr 2012 11:28 GMT+02:00

A motorboat burst into flames and drifted around a harbour in northern Germany on Friday afternoon, injuring one person and causing an estimated quarter of a million euros in damage.

The boat was moored in the town of Waren, Mecklenburg Western-Pomerania, when it exploded late on Friday afternoon. It rammed into another smaller boat that also caught fire and sank.

The three tourists who had rented the boat had luckily got off shortly before the explosion.

The force of the blast threw a 17-year-old on a nearby boat onto a table, causing light injuries. No others were hurt.

Police estimated total damages to be around €250,000 in a statement released on Saturday morning. And as of yet, they do not know what caused the blast but an investigation is underway.

A clean-up operation began on Saturday morning, as local police reported that the water was covered in soot from the fire and the area smelled strongly of petrol.

Despite efforts from the clean-up team, local river authorities are concerned that part of the smaller boat left underwater could cause an oil leak.

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12:25 April 7, 2012 by The-ex-pat
It never ceases to amaze me how the police at every road accident, house fire, natural disaster etc give out a damage estimate. Do they get Gutachter instruction as part of police officer training......................lol
16:29 April 7, 2012 by raandy
I am wondering how parts of the small boat could cause an oil leak. Could they mean that they fear the petrol or oil from the motor could start leaking, or is the boat resting on an oil pipe?
20:38 July 4, 2012 by sigma
daily some boat explode somewhere

you can not read about all
20:41 July 4, 2012 by sigma
daily some boat explode somewhere!
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