x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Firefighters tackle boat on fire in Dubai Marina

A fire broke out aboard a boat in Dubai Marina on Wednesday night forcing passengers to jump into the water to escape the flames.

Flames lit up the sky above Dubai Marina when a restaurant boat moored near Al Rahim Mosque was destroyed by fire. Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene of the blaze at about 7.30pm, and the area was cordoned off. There were no reports of injuries.  Antonie Robertson / The National
Flames lit up the sky above Dubai Marina when a restaurant boat moored near Al Rahim Mosque was destroyed by fire. Firefighters and ambulances rushed to the scene of the blaze at about 7.30pm, and the area was cordoned off. There were no reports of injuries. Antonie Robertson / The National

UPDATE: Boat fire ‘lit up the whole marina’

A fire broke out aboard a boat in Dubai Marina on Wednesday night forcing passengers to jump out of the boat’s windows to escape the flames.

Firefighters from the Dubai Civil Defence and ambulance crews were dispatched to the scene after the restaurant boat Waterworld caught fire near the site of the Rahim Mosque.

The total number of people on board the boat was not immediately made clear but it was reported that at least six people were injured. Staff could be seen jumping out of the boat’s windows.

It is not yet known how the fire started.

Ferry boarding was closed and the area was cordoned off.

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