© Reuters. Thick black smoke rises from a fire on a yacht, in Torquay Harbor in Torquay, Britain, May 28, 2022. Picture taken with a drone. Mike Trower/Handout via REUTERS
LONDON (Reuters) – A fire engulfed a superyacht in the southwest of England on Saturday, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the sky and eventually sinking the vessel after it briefly drifted through its marina .
The Environment Agency said the yacht contained around 9 tonnes of diesel fuel, raising concerns over pollution and forcing local areas and nearby beaches to briefly close.
Police and firefighters said the 85ft (26m) yacht in Torquay, Devon was “well lit” at midday. The cause of the fire is considered unexplained.
Police said no one was injured in the fire and officers did not reveal who owned the vessel.
“The boat is believed to have burst into flames and detached from the mooring, but was then secured by firefighters near the pier,” local police said. “No injuries were reported.”
“Shortly before 4:00 p.m. (15:00 GMT), the vessel was completely submerged underwater. The Harbor Master, supported by the Environmental Agency, will seek to recover the vessel safely in due course.”