Fire destroys 26m Princess yacht in Torquay

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Clean-up operation underway after fire destroys 26m Princess yacht

30 May 2022• Written by Holly Overton

A clean-up operation is underway in Torquay Marina in Devon after the 26 metre Princess motor yacht Rendezvous was destroyed in a fire on Saturday.

Emergency services were called to Torquay Marina at midday on May 28 after receiving over 50 reports of a yacht on fire. Five fire engines were sent to tackle the blaze on a Princess motor yacht, named Rendezvous, which was believed to be carrying approximately 8,000 litres at the time.

The yacht had broken loose from its mooring after the fire burnt through the ropes tethering it to the pontoons and was resting on a neighbouring pier, which had also caught alight.

A major incident was declared and the marina and beach were cordoned off. Fire crews began to evacuate the immediate surrounding area, with assistance from the harbourmaster, and began to extinguish the blaze with water jets.

Devon and Cornwall Police urged residents to keep their doors and windows closed due to the smoke.

By 6pm the fire was extinguished but the damage was irreparable and Rendezvous began to sink. No injuries have been reported and investigations have now begun to establish the cause of the incident.

A cleanup operation is now underway to remove the spilt diesel from the marina waters as well as the remains of the vessel. Torquay councillor Swithin Long, cabinet member for tourism, told local newspaper DevonLive that the pollution of diesel "is currently contained with buoys which have been put in place."

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Rendezvous was built by British shipyard Princess and delivered in 2010 as a Y85 model. She can sleep up to eight guests and carries a crew of three.