2022 – A £6 million luxury yacht sinks in Torquay Harbor after being set on fire | Divonian

A huge yacht, estimated to be worth 6 million pounds, sank after firefighters struggled to put out a fire on the ship while it was docked at a mooring in southwest England.

The Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said there were nearly 8,000 liters of fuel on the 85-foot boat, prompting people to evacuate them from Torquay Marina.

By 6 p.m., the fire had been extinguished and crews were working to vaporize the pavement, a DSFRS spokesperson said.

The spokesman added, “The boat sank in this way [the fire] out now. It has now been handed over to the Environment Agency and the Port Chief.”

Firefighters were called before noon Saturday to receive reports of the yacht burning. It was still burning more than two hours after the accident as several firefighters tried to put out the flames.

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At 3 p.m., the fire department advised all residents around the marina to keep their windows and doors closed due to “noxious fumes,” adding: “Fire crews are making steady progress in putting out the fire.”

The ship’s crews used the harbor master’s boat to help put out the flames.

There were no reports of injuries. The Southwest Environment Agency said the focus had shifted to “responding to pollution” after the boat crash.

She wrote on Twitter: “Our officers checked the air quality at Torquay Harbor this afternoon following the yacht fire which was declared a serious accident.

“We assume there are no real air quality issues, but we are monitoring the situation closely.

“Now that the yacht has sunk and there are (nearly nine) tons of diesel on board, your focus is now on the pollution. The pollution response is under the direction of the harbor master. Our staff helps with advice and guidance on bathing water quality etc.”

The Coast Guard commander for South Devon and the southeast coast of Cornwall said he is supporting Devon and Cornwall Police in shutting down the Torquay coast.

Eyewitnesses said they saw “thick plumes of stinging smoke rising from the port of Torquay”.

“We just stood there and watched for 10 minutes until the smoke started to affect our chests,” Georgina Claesby, who was cycling home when she saw the fire, told ITV.

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“There was so much smoke that the sun was obscured. We heard some small explosions and we could also see flames.”

Grace Kidzor McDonough, 20, was visiting the coastal town with her partner when she heard “bangs or explosions” coming from the port.

She told the Palestinian News Agency that she saw crew members from nearby ships spray hoses to prevent them from igniting while the fire “spit” on the water.

“At first we were just confused because we were sitting in the port and there was black smoke rising out of nowhere.

“It got worse because it was separated from the port because the ropes were burnt and then fell on the bridge,” he added.

Devon and Cornwall police earlier said the boat was “well lit and moored broken” but firefighters have since secured it.

They said nearby beaches were also evacuated for public safety reasons and several roads were closed including along the Corniche, waterfront areas and parts of Torbay Road, Belgrave Road and Sheden Hill.

The fire department said the cause of the fire was unknown and an investigation would follow.