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Yacht Catches Fire in the BVIs

Mar 6th 17

According to an eyewitness, 99-foot M/Y Limitless (ex. Da Bubba) caught flames off the coast of Virgin Gorda in the British Virgin Islands on March 6. Coordinator of Virgin Islands Search and Rescue J. Phil Aspinall confirmed the fire, which began around 3:45 p.m. at Dog Islands, and that all passengers are safe, reports Virgin Islands News. The captain and crew reportedly abandoned ship on their own tender before rescuers arrived to the scene. 


“The guests and crew made it to the boat’s tender after everyone abandoned ship and jumped in the water,” says the eyewitness, who saw the black smoke from Scrub Island. “All are safe, [but] pretty much lost everything on board. They are all seeking refuge at Scrub Island Resort and Marina.” 


Right now, it’s unclear how many passengers were on board and what started the fire, but the eyewitness says, “I think one of its engines caught fire.” 


Aspinall told BVI News Online that police are currently investigating the cause and that, based on his observation, the vessel was badly damaged and he believes it to be “pretty well gone.” The salvage company is reportedly pumping water from the vessel. 


More details to come as they are available. 


Photo: Taylor Lawson 


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