The £6million yacht has sank after being engulfed in flames - Credit: Jim Parker
The £6million yacht has sank after being engulfed in flames - Credit: Jim Parker

Update: £6million yacht sinks after ‘unexplained’ fire at Torquay Marina

Ami Wyllie

A £6million yacht has sank after being engulfed in flames this afternoon (Saturday).

Fire crews spent over four hours tackling the blaze on board the 85ft boat at Torquay Marina.

The incident was reported to the fire service shortly before 12pm. There were 47 calls to the emergency services.

Fire engines from Torquay, Paignton, Brixham, Teignmouth, Crediton, Honiton and Taunton were sent to the scene, where it was confirmed that Princess Pier was also alight.

Devon and Cornwall Police attended to provide support while crews tried to get the flames under control.

Officers set up a cordon, closed roads around the area, evacuated nearby beaches, evacuated the Princess Theatre and asked residents and businesses to keep their doors and windows closed.

In an update shortly before 6pm, a spokesperson for the police provided a further update from the scene.

They said: “Police were called at 12.10pm today [Saturday 28 May] to Princess Pier in Torquay following reports of a fire on a yacht in the marina.

“The boat is believed to have caught alight and broke away from the mooring but was later secured by the Fire Service near the pier.

“There have been no reported injuries.

“Shortly before 4pm the vessel became fully submerged underwater. The Harbourmaster supported by the Environmental Agency will look to safely recover the vessel in due course.

“All road closures and majority of cordons have now been lifted and the public are able to access the area again. One cordon remains in place at the pier.

“Enquiries remain ongoing to establish the cause of the fire, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

“We thank the public for their patience and support whilst officers closed Torquay seafront and the surrounding area.”

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue has yet to provide a further update.