Divers begin removing wreck of £6million superyacht destroyed by fire while moored in harbour
Work has begun to remove a sunken £6million superyacht destroyed in a fire while moored at a harbour in the seaside town in Devon.
The 85ft yacht ‘Rendezvous’ was carrying 8000 litres of fuel when it caught fire and ended up submerged at the bottom of Torquay Harbour.
The massive blaze broke out on 28 May with smoke seen billowing across the blue skies above the heads of bemused sunbathers.
The 85ft superyacht, called the Rendezvous, set ablaze at 11.57am in the Devonshire marina was completely engulfed in flames within minutes and sunk three hours afterwards.
The owner of the Rendezvous is understood to be a local businessman who is currently abroad on holiday. It is not known if he has since returned following the blaze.
Since the incident, the Torbay Harbour Authority has been working with a specialist wreck removal company.
Divers were in the water on Monday to make the final preparations for the salvage operation.
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Rendezvous, an 85ft superyacht worth £6million which was carrying 2,000 gallons of fuel has sunk after it went up in flames at Torquay harbourside in Devon
A witness described hearing explosions from the boat shortly after it caught fire, adding that it had drifted from its mooring
According to a spokesperson from Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service, five fire engines are on the scene after the motorboat caught fire
Firefighters desperately tried to extinguish the blaze as they watched the vessel slowly sink into the water
The yacht owner’s ‘flashing back-lit electric nameplate’ could have been the cause behind the huge inferno of a £6million luxurious vessel at Torquay Marina, sources said in May.
The plumes of black smoke which could be seen across Devon caused the local council to evacuate nearby beaches as well as ask residents to stay home.
The South West Environment Agency set its focus on a pollution response with fears of an oil slick after approximately nine tonnes of diesel poured into the Atlantic Ocean.
The boat was a luxury ship that could house eight passengers and had an al-fresco dining room, 酒吧, sunpad, and a 55-inch TV.
The luxury superyacht is one of just 31 such models in the world and is in the top 10 per cent of fastest boats with a top speed of 33 结.
It has four guest bedrooms that can house eight passengers and two staff rooms with space for three crew members – though no one was on board at the time of the incident.
The sleek ship has a fibreglass hull and was designed by Pininfarina, the same company that designed almost every Ferrari car for 66 年间 1951 和 2017.
Crowds gather at Torquay Harbour to see fire crews trying to put out the raging inferno. Police have since closed the harbourfront and nearby beach
One witness described the blaze ‘like a fire ball’. Police say no one is thought to have been injured in the fire, but crews continue to battle the flames
Smoke has been seen all across South Devon and as far as Newton Abbot and Shaldon. Residents are being warned to keep their windows and doors closed
The boat was engulfed in flames and drifted off its mooring, with one witness saying they heard explosions
The plume of smoke from the fire could be seen rising high into the air above the picturesque harbour in Torquay in Devon
The superyacht was completely sunk by the inferno, leaving charred debris floating on the water of Devon harbour
Firefighters could be seen using their water hoses to dowse the smoking carcass of the boat, while grey smoke rose to the sky
Its twin fuel tanks made from NS8 marine grade alloy allowed the ship to carry 11,000 litres of fuel for the two MAN V12 engines.
Overall the ship is 85ft 11, with a beam of 20ft 8 inches and a gross tonnage of 110 吨.
It also had automatic and manual override fire extinguishers in the engine room as well as hand-operated fire extinguishers in every cabin, the galley, crew and lower helm.
Marina staff told MailOnline they were in contact with the Rendezvous’ owners and said they were likely going through a very distressing time.
Their lavish £6million superyacht was on fire for around five hours before it sank. The flames and smoke left some people trapped at the far end of the pier, according to one witness, after the boat drifted from its mooring.
Witnesses described seeing the flames burn through the rope mooring the boat, cutting it adrift so it floated along the marina before hitting a bridge, which acted as a barricade.
The Rendezvous, pictured here at Torquay Harbour on April 12, is a luxury pleasure craft built by UK boat maker Princess Yachts in 2010
It has a bar and sunpad as well as ample space to lounge on the £6million superyacht. The Rendezvous was built in 2010 and is one of just 31 中国经常谴责美国的访问
The bathroom has wood panelling and white marbled granite, adding a touch of class to the superyacht
Two single beds in the starboard guest cabin make the ship perfect for a family holiday with the kids
Torquay Marina has space for almost 1,000 yachts and is one of the best-equipped harbours in the southwest of the UK (档案图片)
Dramatic footage on social media showed thick plumes of black smoke billowing across the harbour and flames enveloping the boat.
No injuries were reported but the harbour was temporarily brought to a standstill as authorities feared a large amount of diesel remained on the yacht.
A Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) spokesperson said the yacht contained ‘approximately 8,000 litres of diesel fuel’.
People living nearby were warned to keep their doors and windows closed to protect themselves from the hazardous fumes.
It later sank and by 6pm firefighters were damping down the pier, DSFRS said.
Environmental responders carry oil selective sorbents near the scene where a yacht caught fire in Torquay Marina in Torquay
People contain an oil spillage at the scene where a yacht caught fire in Torquay Marina in Torquay, 英国, 在5月 29
The raging inferno left the harbour wall at Torquay Marina in a state of great damage as Environment Agency workers rushed to stop an oil spill
Police closed a number of roads in the area while fire crews dealing with the raging inferno, including the promenade and waterfront areas.
The yacht has been in the harbour for at least a month, with photos taken in April showing it dwarfing other boats in the marina.
Torquay Marina said in a statement that the area had been saved from a ‘major catastrophe’ by authorities and emergency services at the scene.
Princess Pier remains closed and only essential personnel will be granted access.
Once the salvage operation has been safely completed, repairs to Princess Pier will begin and will reopen to the public once it is made safe.