CHARLOTTE AMALIE, (St Thomas, USVI) – A luxury yacht went up in flames on the waters of St.Thomas US Virgin Islands on Tuesday March 16th.
The 77ft yacht, reportedly worth $2.5million, was moored at the Yacht Haven Grande marina in the Charlotte Amalie harbor on the island of St Thomas when the fire broke out.
The Yacht burned to ashes leaving nothing but the yacht’s shell. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, however Yacht Haven Manager, Charlie Irons, said in statement that the blaze could not be contained.
Firefighters and police, as well as personnel from West Indian Co. Ltd, Norwegian Cruise Lines and the V.I. Fire Service, arrived on the scene to tackle the flames.
It took several hours for the fire to be extinguished.
Huge dark clouds of smoke billowed high above the ship and were visible from a considerable distance.
There were no reported injuries as a result of the incident.
According to Boat International magazine, the yacht was originally called Pomboo and was built by Taiwan’s Monte Fino yard in 2004.
It was designed to sleep up to seven guests in three large en-suite staterooms comprising a master suite, VIP stateroom and a twin. The saloon featured a marble bar, 3 piece sofa and a cocktail table.
There was also an open entertaining space, a dining area and a ‘country kitchen’ galley.
In June 2014 Florida yacht dealer Lazzara Lenton announced that the vessel was listed for sale by Michael DiCondia at Hargrave Yacht Sales at an asking price of $2,350,000 (£1.7million). It went on to be renamed Positive Energy.