Nine disabled passengers and their carers were rescued by lifeboats after a fire broke out on a leisure boat off the coast of Dorset.
Emergency services were called when crew saw smoke coming from the engine room of the 33ft long vessel Freedom off the coast of Weymouth at 1330 BST.
Lifeboats carried the passengers off the leisure boat and ferried them to safety. Nobody was injured.
The vessel was towed back to Weymouth Harbour after the fire eased.
Steve Williams, of the Portland Maritime Rescue Co-ordination Centre, said: "The vessel has now been towed into Weymouth Harbour by the lifeboat. The smoke coming from the engine room has significantly reduced.
"The passengers were met by emergency services and Coastguard rescue officers who ensured their safety and well-being."
Disabled Southwest, 27th April 2009