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Credit: Municipality of Medulin

Fire tears through marina in Medulin, Croatia and destroys 22 boats

15 May 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

A fire has torn through a marina in Medulin, northwestern Croatia and destroyed approximately 22 boats. No superyachts were in the area at the time according to BOATPro, with all the affected vessels measuring below 24 metres.

According to a statement by the Istrian Police Directorate, authorities were alerted to the scene at 3.54am today (15 May). Four vehicles and 15 crew arrived to find almost all the boats on the pontoon already consumed by flames.

Credit: Municipality of Medulin
Credit: Dvd Općine Medulin

Local reports claim that several owners jumped into the sea to escape as firefighters attempted to separate the boats that were still unaffected. The blaze was localised by 7.00am and is now extinguished.

"The Port Authority of Pula reacted immediately, helping to put out the fire and save what could be saved," read an official statement from the Municipality of Medulin. "Individuals who jumped into the sea with almost 'insane' courage that can only be seen in the most difficult situations, untied ships, and pushed the flares with their own vessels proved to be particularly worthy."

A barrier has also been erected around the marina to combat offspill
Credit: Municipality of Medulin

It continued: "We would like to thank our firefighters, the employees of the Port Authority of Pula, the employees of Buža, the members of DVD Medulin and all our locals who provided help in this difficult situation."

An investigation into the cause of the fire is underway. No injuries have been reported. 

BOAT International has reached out to the authorities for comment.

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