The sailing yacht Pauline af Skanor caught fire at the Rodney Bay Marina in Saint Lucia. The yacht just finished the ARC rally and was berthed alongside the quay, when caught fire in forecabin of the Swan 76 ketch. During the accident there was only one crew on board, who smelled the smoke and raised alarm, not allowing the flames to spread at the whole vessel. The other crew, as well as nearby vessels’ seamen, arrived at the scene and started firefighting. Also at the scene arrived firefighting brigade which started pouring the burning area with water. A hose from nearby superyacht was attached to the fire, which assisted with extinguishing the flames. It was understood that the sailing yacht Pauline af Skanor was severely damaged.
The local authorities started investigation for the root cause of the accident. According to preliminary information, the fire started from an electrical source, could not be brought under control with the yacht’s fire extinguishers. The insurance company has been informed, as well as the yacht owner. Fortunately during the fire there were no other yachts in the area.
“The energy was incredible”, said one of the Ross Applebey, who assisted with firefighting. “We must have put 40 tonnes of water in the boat and it was still burning. The boat was way down on her waterline”, added he.
The sailing yacht Pauline af Skanor has overall length of 24.00 m, moulded beam of 6.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.