© Reuters. Thick black smoke is seen as a yacht catches fire in Torquay harbour in Torquay, England, on May 28, 2022. Photo taken with a drone. Mike Trower/REUTERS Handout
LONDON (Reuters) – A fire broke out on a superyacht in southwest England on Saturday, sending thick black smoke into the sky and briefly releasing the burning vessel to drift over its dock.
Police and fire officials said the 85-foot (26-meter) yacht in Torquay, Devon, was “on fire,” and the fire brigade said the boat contained about 8,000 litres of diesel fuel, prompting local and nearby beaches to be cleaned up.
“Due to the heavy smoke and smog, we are asking residents in the area to keep their doors and windows closed at this time,” Devon and Cornwall Police said. “The public is also urged to avoid the area and officers are cleaning beaches for public safety.”
Police said no one was injured in the fire and the yacht was secured after it was undocked. Police did not disclose the owner of the yacht.