A fire broke out on board a 27-meter Sanlorenzo motor yacht in the Port of Valencia, Spain, the morning of April 8. The yacht is reportedly M/Y Pesa, a Sanlorenzo SX88. No injuries or damage to other vessels were reported, even though the captain and another crewmember were on board at the time the fire started.
According to local media Las Provincias, witnesses say the flames went out and then reignited with the firefighters unable to control the fire, which created a large column of smoke due to the burning of the fiberglass hull.
Five fire crews assisted in the efforts. The dozen boats that were moored nearby the yacht were moved and an anti-pollution barrier was placed in the water as a precaution. Local media reports that the cause of the fire could be an electrical fault in the yacht’s lithium batteries from initial investigations, but the cause has not been confirmed.
Valencia Plaza reports that the extinguishing work ended at 2:30 p.m., and that the Port Authority planned to remove the 8,000 liters of fuel aboard that was not affected by the fire. After the destruction, the vessel sank at the stern.