The 31-meter M/Y Ordisi
caught fire yesterday morning, February 6, while dry docked in Alicante,
Spain. All 10 workers on board escaped safely, but were treated for smoke
inhalation; nine were hospitalized for further treatment but later discharged.
According to local publication Diario Informacion the fire began
while the workers on board performed welding work in the engine room. The Fire
Prevention, Extinction, and Rescue Service (SPEIS) of the Alicante City Council
reportedly dispatched 21 firefighters to the scene upon receiving an alert
around 10:30 a.m. The firefighters mounted 10 water lines to attack the flames
from the outside and controlled the fire with foam. By 5 p.m., they had used more
than one million liters of seawater to help extinguish the fire and
successfully rescued a cat on deck.
While the fire was extinguished early Wednesday, Diario Informacion reports that it was
reactivated for unknown reasons Wednesday morning. The local Department of Security
told the publication that firefighters initially failed to control the
fire due to the yacht’s fiberglass hull, which served as fuel and presented a safety issue in getting inside to fight the flames. It was finally extinguished around
noon on Wednesday, reports Diario Informacion.
There is no word yet on the extent of the damages, but the
fire appears to have destroyed the hull of the Astondoa yacht valued at more than six
million euros. An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of
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