56m superyacht Lady D filmed ablaze in Phuket
by Miranda Blazeby
The 56.39 metre superyacht Lady D has been filmed on fire in a marina off the east coast of Phuket.
The Phuket News reports that the Quality SB superyacht, which was delivered in 1976, was moored at the Ao Po Grand Marina when it caught fire on August 7.
Firefighters were called to the scene this morning at around 8.25am but were still unable to bring the fire under control after three hours.
“Marina staff were notified of the fire at 8.25am this morning and called the local fire department and the Marine Police for assistance as well”, said Gordon Fernandes, who heads up Asia Pacific Superyachts in Phuket & Myanmar.
The yacht was then towed out away from the marina to prevent other yachts being affected by the fire.
It is reported that only one crew member was on board at the time of the fire, with Lady D’s captain and additional crew members overseas. It is reported that no-one was injured in the blaze.
Police told The Phuket News the cause of the fire is still unknown and an investigation is underway. It is understood the owner has been informed. According to Asia Pacific Superyachts, the fire has now been extinguished.
Thalang Police Chief Col Thirawat Lamsuwan told The Phuket News: “The yacht has about 100,000 litres of fuel on board. It is being towed out of the marina for safety as the firefighters have not been able to bring the fire under control after three hours.”
Designed by Halter Marine with naval architecture by Quality Shipbuilders, Lady D has a top speed of 13 knots with a maximum cruising range of 13,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. The yacht can accommodate a total of 14 guests with 14 crew members.