A yacht loaded with more than 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel emitted a dramatic plume of smoke as it burned in a Spanish port on Friday, according to videos and local media.
Footage shows the pleasure craft blazing in orange and black on the balmy blue waters of the Mediterranean in Valencia, before three fire squads extinguished the flames after 12 p.m. Initial reports identified the ship as the Pesa and said it was flying the French flag, although they did not identify its owner.
News accounts cited unnamed firefighter sources who blamed the conflagration on a battery failure that ignited the luxury vessel’s fiberglass hull. However, miraculously they claimed the yacht’s huge fuel tanks appeared to be intact and said they planned to salvage the diesel despite the boat’s stern being submerged. Port authorities reportedly denied any contamination of the north marina where the Pesa was moored, or any damage to nearby berths, despite the emergency installation of a contamination barrier in the water.
Yacht charter sites describe the Pesa as a three-year-old Italian-built boat capable of accommodating up to eight passengers, plus three crew. A webpage advertising opportunities to charter the boat lists a rate of €70,000, or about $76,135, per week.
“Pesa’s impressive leisure and entertainment equipment (top-of-the-line paddleboards, sea-bobs and jet-skis as well as towable toys and snorkeling, wakeboarding and waterskiing equipment) make her the yacht of choice. ideal location to enjoy an activity-packed holiday with family and friends,” the website reads. “Her luxurious interior is designed exclusively to reflect the refined tastes of her owners.”
The page’s operators did not immediately respond to a request for comment.