After a fire destroyed a 26-meter Princess yacht, a cleanup operation is underway

The 26-meter Princess motor yacht Rendezvous was destroyed in a fire on Saturday, and a clean-up operation is underway in Torquay Marina in Devon.

At 12 p.m. on May 28, emergency personnel were dispatched to Torquay Marina after receiving over 50 reports of a yacht on fire. Five fire engines were dispatched to the Princess motor yacht Rendezvous, which was carrying roughly 8,000 litres of fuel at the time of the fire.

After the fire burned through the ropes anchoring the boat to the pontoons, it had broken free and was sitting on a nearby pier that had also caught fire.

The marina and beach were closed off after a major incident was declared. With the help of the harbourmaster, fire crews began evacuating the local area and began using water jets to put out the fire.

Due to the smoke, Devon and Cornwall Police advised households to keep their doors and windows shut.

The fire was put out by 6 p.m., but the damage was done, and Rendezvous began to sink. There have been no reports of injuries, and investigations into the incident’s cause have commenced.

The spilled diesel, as well as the remnants of the vessel, are currently being removed from the marina waters. Diesel pollution is “now contained with buoys that have been put in place,” Torquay councillor Swithin Long, cabinet member for tourism, told local daily DevonLive.

Rendezvous, a Y85 type, was built by the British shipyard Princess and delivered in 2010. She can accommodate up to eight people and has a three-person crew.