Owner loses Dh­s14m ves­sel af­ter fire in RAK

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By Shoshana Ke­dem

These dra­matic pic­tures show the mo­ment a blaze en­gulfed a Dhs14 mil­lion lux­ury yacht as it sat an­chored at Al Hamra Ma­rina in Ras Al Khaimah. The 35-me­tre Moon was com­pletely de­stroyed af­ter at­tempts to ex­tin­guish the fire failed.

The fire, which be­gan in the up­per deck, is thought to have been caused by an elec­tri­cal fault, the owner told 7DAYS.

“The crew is fine, that’s the most im­por­tant thing,” said the owner, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied.

RAK Civil De­fence crews tried to bring the flames un­der con­trol, be­fore a tug boat towed the ves­sel out of the ma­rina to pre­vent the fire spread­ing.

The blaze then burned com­pletely through the ves­sel be­fore it sank, as these pic­tures show.

“It has sunk to the bot­tom of the sea off­shore and it is still there,” the owner said. “Noth­ing is left of the boat.”

The cause of the fire is still be­ing in­ves­ti­gated, the owner said, but he be­lieves it may have been a short-cir­cuit.

He added: “From what the crew and fire fight­ers say it was an elec­tric short.”

The Moon was built in 2000 by a Turk­ish ship­builder. The owner said he was re­lieved that the boat is in­sured. shoshana@7days.ae

fire started in the up­per deck on the Dhs14 mil­lion Moon lux­ury yacht

In at­tempts to stop the fire spread­ing a tug boat pulled the yacht out to sea

The yacht then sank to the bot­tom of the sea

blaze burned com­pletely through the ves­sel

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