Princess pier in Torquay has been closed to the public following a huge blaze in Torquay today, Saturday 28 May.
A spokesperson for Torbay council said:
“A major incident has now been stood down following the fire on a boat at Torquay MDL Marina.
“The pier remains closed for public safety reasons and Harris fencing has been put up, so please do not try and enter the area for you own safety.
“A pollution and salvage operation is now being carried out by Tor Bay Harbour Authority and the oil spill contingency plan has been initiated.
“Thanks for your co-operation.”
Emergency services were called to reports of a yacht fire in Torquay marina at around 12.10pm.
The yacht, which was fully ablaze, broke free from its mooring.
A spokesperson for Devon and Cornwall police said: “Shortly before 4pm the vessel became fully submerged underwater. The Harbourmaster supported by the Environmental Agency will look to safely recover the vessel in due course.as later secured by the Fire Service near the pier.”
The cause of the fire is currently unexplained. Enquiries are ongoing.
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