On Thursday morning between 11:30 and 12:30pm, Queen Anna, a 28 metre motor yacht caught fire while moored in the Ece Marina, Fethiye.
Danger to other boats
Although attempts were made to put out the fire, it quickly became clear that the flaming luxury yacht, which belongs to a Russian businessman, was dangerous, so it was towed into open water to protect other yachts in the marina. In fact a neighbouring yacht had already caught fire as a result of the fire on board Queen Anna but the quick-thinking crew had managed to extinguish the flames before any significant damage was done.
Captain stayed as long as possible
According to reports the Russian crew had done everything they could to put the fire out but had no choice other than too abandon ship; however, the 64-year-old captain, Vladimir Lopata, inhaled smoke while trying to tackle the blaze. He received emergency treatment at the scene before being taken to Fethiye’s State Hospital by ambulance.
Fethiye Coast Guard takes over
Queen Anna was towed some 500 metres out of harms way, but despite intervention by Fethiye’s Coast Guard and their attempts control the flames, the fire had already taken hold.
Even they withdrew when a fireball caused smoke and flames to rise hundreds of metres into the air.
The authorities are now investigating what could have caused the fire.
There have been several incidents of yachts catching fire in recent weeks, both in Fethiye and on other parts of the Muğla coast.