£5.6 Million Yacht Goes Up In Flames On Bonfire Night

By Gerald Lynch on at

What is it with boats and combustion lately? First it was the humble war veteran Duck boat going the way of the dodo on the River Thames, and now this luxury £5.6 million yacht going up in flames yesterday, fittingly on November 5th. That's one expensive bonfire.

The 107 tonne Kahu was moored at the East Cowes Marina, and is believed to have caught alight at around 1pm. The 76ft vessel burned for eight and a half hours, before heading down to Davy Jones' locker at 9.40pm. Regulars at the Lifeboat Pub nearby the blaze had ringside seats, with locals ordered to stay indoors and close all windows, such was the intensity of the smoke cloud produced.

Thankfully, no-one was hurt and quick-witted harbour staff moved nearby vessels in order to prevent them from succumbing to the flames too. That's sure to come as little recompense to the yacht's owner however, who had the Kahu listed for sale with Ancasta International Boat Sales. [Image credit: John Burns Photography]