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 Bad Hair day on the Coast of Death

"After an hour or so, we were approaching the harbour wall at Laxe. Sarah was at the bow getting the anchor ready to drop as we rounded the breakwater and I throttled back the engine. Immediately there was a fizzing noise and smoke started seeping out from under the engine cover. We were now just inside the harbour and I shouted to Sarah to drop the anchor and come back to help. Once the anchor was down, I stopped the engine and went below. Lifting the engine cover, I could see flames licking around the side of the block. I grabbed the fire extinguisher, aimed in and pressed the release lever. Nothing happened. I went forward, grabbed the other extinguisher, and tried that. Nothing again. By this time the cabin was getting full of acrid smoke."
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 (Submitted by Noel Wed Jul 7, 2004 )
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