Pensioner fighting for life after boat fire at Hartlepool Marina

Paramedics place the casualty onto the air ambulance that had landed earlier in Middleton Road.
Paramedics place the casualty onto the air ambulance that had landed earlier in Middleton Road.

A Hartlepool man is fighting for his life in hospital following a boat fire in the town’s marina.
Emergency crews were scrambled to a boat yard at the site at 5.30pm on Monday after reports of the blaze emerged.

A 70-year-old man was rescued from the boat and was flown by the Great North Air Ambulance to the RVI in Newcastle where he remains in a critical condition.

The air ambulance pictured taking off from Middleton Road with the casualty on board. Pic by Tom Collins.

The air ambulance pictured taking off from Middleton Road with the casualty on board. Pic by Tom Collins.

Cleveland Police have confirmed that the man lives in Hartlepool.

A spokeswoman for the force also said that investigations by officers have found that there are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the fire.

Pictures taken at the scene showed the casualty being carried into the Great North Air Ambulance helicopter before being flown to the RVI for treatment.

Firefighters from Stranton and Stockton stations were then seen damping down the boat, which was not badly damaged in the fire.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire on the boat at the Hartlepool Marina boatyard. Pic by Tom Collins.

Firefighters at the scene of the fire on the boat at the Hartlepool Marina boatyard. Pic by Tom Collins.

No-one else was injured in the incident.