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Luxury 28 meter boat goes up in flames.

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22 Mar 2012
The owners had sailed their yacht from Queensland and had just refilled with 4,000 litres of fuel when smoke was sighted.

Date: March 21, 2012 
Time: 16:34 hours     
Call Number: 7497
Address: Marina near River Esplanade, Docklands.

The 28 meter luxury cruiser has been destroyed in the blaze whilst docked at a marina near River Esplanade, Docklands. 

The four persons on board made a quick escape and were unharmed.  The fire spread rapidly with flames engulfing the vessel in less than 5 minutes. 

It soon became apparent that the boat could not be saved and firefighting priorities switched to protecting other craft.

Despite considerable difficulties, MFB crews managed to isolate the cruiser and tie it off to prevent it drifting towards other vessels.

As thick smoke blanketed the CBD, Community Warnings were issued by the MFB for local residents and others who may become affected by the smoke.

The fire tug “Keera” was called in to help extinguish the blaze but could not assist due to shallow water.

Just before 8pm and more than 3 hours after it had started, the blaze had burned the yacht down to the waterline and was finally extinguished.

Several booms have been placed around the stricken craft to contain leaking fuel. 

The cause of the fire has yet to be determined.  


Attending Appliances: 13 plus support units   
Number of firefighters: 50

Officer in charge: Assistant Chief Fire Officer – Adam Dalrymple

For more information please contact: MFB Media & Communications on 9665 4699 or media@mfb.vic.gov.au

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