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7 minutes ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

What is in a lifeboat to catch fire?

Fuel.

Also, PFDs are made with flame retardant material, but are not fire-proof. 

 

I don't know if you intended the question to be rhetorical.

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2 hours ago, MamaFej said:

Fuel.

Also, PFDs are made with flame retardant material, but are not fire-proof. 

 

I don't know if you intended the question to be rhetorical.

No, I was serious.  Thanks for the information.  [I guess I was thinking about Titanic-era lifeboats that were just a wooden shell.]

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1 hour ago, Host Jazzbeau said:

No, I was serious.  Thanks for the information.  [I guess I was thinking about Titanic-era lifeboats that were just a wooden shell.]

It has been a loooong time since any of us has cruised, but it hasn't been that long!😜

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11 minutes ago, Miaminice said:

According to latest reports the fire started midships around the casino and shops and then ignited a lifeboat. The cause is still unknown.

According to Corfu Fire Chief Kolovos, the main achievement of the operation was to prevent the fire from spreading to the interior of the cruise ship. The heat had even destroyed the windows but eight firefighters and crew members fought from within the ship to stop it spreading inside!

The fact that the fire was on the side of the ship facing out to sea made matters more difficult and meant that it would have to be tackled from the sea - but the Coastguard's firefighting boat is based in Igoumenitsa. A fire engine was loaded onto an open ferry boat so as not to lose any time and was able to help get the fire under control before it could do more damage to the ship.

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53 minutes ago, BigAl94 said:

According to Corfu Fire Chief Kolovos, the main achievement of the operation was to prevent the fire from spreading to the interior of the cruise ship. The heat had even destroyed the windows but eight firefighters and crew members fought from within the ship to stop it spreading inside!

The fact that the fire was on the side of the ship facing out to sea made matters more difficult and meant that it would have to be tackled from the sea - but the Coastguard's firefighting boat is based in Igoumenitsa. A fire engine was loaded onto an open ferry boat so as not to lose any time and was able to help get the fire under control before it could do more damage to the ship.


That’s what first news said...

However, obviously new videos show the fire in the mentioned area before the lifeboat caught fire. 

 

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Sorry for the obvious question....what if this happened at sea?  And no access to one or more lifeboats, no ferry to take firefighters and their equipment.  Scary to think about. 

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