A HARBOUR in the Solent remains closed after a boat fire broke out.

Firefighters were called to Ryde Harbour yesterday after smoke was seen billowing into the air.

Pictures show a boat engulfed in flames near the Esplanade, and Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth wrote on social media: "Due to an incident at Ryde Harbour, the harbour will remain closed until further notice."

A Maritime and Coastguard Agency statement yesterday said: "Bembridge Coastguard Rescue Team and the Ryde Rescue Boat have been sent to the scene, along with the IOW Fire and Rescue Service.  Ryde Harbour Master and Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service have also been informed.

"We have received reports that the person on board has made it safely off the boat and is ashore.  He is safe and well and does not require medical treatment. 

"We are advising members of the public to keep at a safe distance whilst the emergency services get the fire under control."