The fishing trawler Lile Maurice caught fire at the dock in Boulogne-sur-Mer in France, local media reported. The accident occurred in the evening of May 16 around midnight and quickly engulfed the whole vessel. The local authorities mobilized 68 firefighters from Boulogne, Marquise, Desvres Calais, Etaples and Marck-en-Calaisis. The firefighters were trying to extinguish the flames during the whole night and prevent the vessel from sinking at the Loubet basin. The firefighters came to the end of the flames by sprinkling the boat with foam (extinguishing by smothering) and water. In a second stage, they worked to keep the boat afloat by pumping water. Finally, the firefighters have laid oil booms for pollution prevention in case to restrict of spilling of hydrocarbons in the basin.
For much of the salvage, the firefighters were assisted by a Dutch tugboat in the vicinity.
No casualties or injuries were reported. The root cause of the accident is under investigation, but according to preliminary information the flames started after explosion.
The fishing trawler Lile Maurice has length of 12.00 m, beam of 5.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.