A superyacht, valued at about £5 million, has sunk after fire broke out while it was moored at an Isle of Wight marina.
Firefighters were called to East Cowes Marina Tuesday afternoon, after reports of smoke coming from the Kahu, a luxury motor cruiser.
Despite the efforts of 30 firefighters, who battled into the night, the motor cruiser sank shortly after 11pm.
The Harbour Commission has taken on responsibility for the incident, including the cleanup of oil and other chemicals which could have leaked from the boat into the water, according to a spokesman for the Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service.
In a statement issued yesterday evening, Justin Harden, Isle of Wight Fire and Rescue Service incident commander, said: "We are working with a number of partner agencies, including the Environment Agency which is managing the environmental impact of the fire."
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Written by: Isle of Wight County Press Online
ISLE of Wight Fire and Rescue crews were called to East Cowes Marina this afternoon (Tuesday) after reports of smoke billowing from a motor cruiser.
Two fire engines tackled the fire, from 1.04pm onwards and were later joined by two more crews. Staff from the Harbour Commission were also in attendance.
A fire spokesman said the boat, Kahu, was the largest at the marina. The 25-metre motor cruiser has three decks and a flying bridge level and was believed to be for sale for between £4-5 million.
Firefighters went out on ribs and other craft in order to tackle the flames from different sides of the cruiser.
A police boat patrolled the area, while police vehicles stopped non-residents from entering the streets near the scene.
Police sealed off sections of the marina and some officers had to use face masks to protect themselves from the smoke.
Residents living near to the blaze were advised to keep windows and doors closed, according to the Isle of Wight Council earlier this afternoon.
The skipper of the cruiser gave fire crews details of the boat's layout and the owner has been informed.