Yacht Damaged By Nearby Fire in Fort Lauderdale

18 January 2021 By Staff Report

At around 10:45 a.m. on January 17, a fire broke out on board an approximately 20-foot tender at Bahia Mar marina in Fort Lauderdale. Officials believe that it was being refueled when it caught fire, the  Sun-Sentinel reports.

The blaze floated up against a neighboring yacht, causing damage to the hull. Reports say the yacht is Feadship’s 57.6-meter M/Y W.

Nearly 20 firefighters were called to help extinguish the fire. Officials say two passengers and two dogs were rescued from the boat and none suffered any injuries, WPLG Local 10 reports. The cause of the fire is being investigated.

UPDATE: 01/20/21

Feadship has released a statement following the incident at Bahia Mar marina when a smaller boat docked next to M/Y W caught fire as it was being refueled.

“Thankfully, swift action by the crew of W and the local fire brigade ensured that this flash fire caused only minimal damage to the Feadship,” the statement says. “Apart from some broken sleep, no one was hurt in the incident. The only part of W affected was the clear coat on the starboard bow, which was a little burnt by the flames.”

The vessel recently completed a 10-month refit last summer at a Feadship yard in the Netherlands, and the minor repairs required to the metallic silver hull will be completed at Rybovich Superyacht Marina, ensuring W is swiftly made ready for her owners.

Photo: Screenshot from Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue’s Facebook video