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102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat

A leisure cruiser travelling along the River Rhine, western Germany, went up in flames in the early hours of Friday morning, with 102 British holidaymakers and 40 crew members on board.

102 Brits rescued from burning riverboat
Photo: DPA

Ten of the mostly elderly passengers had to be treated for breathing difficulties in Düsseldorf, while one woman had an asthma attack. But the rest of the passengers and crew escaped unharmed, and were taken ashore in another boat.

Police reported that the fire broke out at around 3am in the kitchen and dining area. Several fire rescue and police boats rushed to the scene, and manage to extinguish the fire after about three hours.

The cause of the fire and the extent of the damage have not yet been ascertained, police said.

The Local/DAPD/bk

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