Yacht goes up in flames off UK coast sending thick black smoke into sky

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Alarming footage shows thick plumes of black smoke billowing into the sky after a yacht caught fire during the British heatwave.

Two people were saved from the inferno on the vessel at Caswell Bay and Brandy Cove in Gower, Wales.

A lifeboat crew was already on its way to rescue a broken-down boat when they stumbled upon the flames around 12.30pm on Saturday.

Fire crews were summoned to battle the blaze and an all-weather Coastguard boat was summoned.

The two people were taken ashore. They were distressed, but fortunately not injured.

It’s suspected a slight discolouration seen in the sea may mean the fire was caused by oil, although this remains unconfirmed.

People have been asked to stay away from the wreck as it ‘poses a hazard until it is recovered’.

Locals Mark and Helen Rebecca Bowden filmed the ‘dramatic’ scenes on their drone after sending it down to find out what happened.

Yacht goes up in flames off UK coast sending thick black smoke into sky

An image shows the ‘dramatic’ incident, which saw two people rescued (Picture: Media Wales)

‘We noticed the fire around 1.30ish and sent [our] drone down’, Helen said.

‘There was a lifeboat and a fire engine, which could only get part-way down Brandy Cove so the firefighters have only just got there [now at 2.25pm.]’

Revealing more, Ieuan Williams, a team Leader with HM Coastguard, said: ‘This looked and was incredibly dramatic. The lifeboat did an incredible job of taking two people off a burning vessel.

‘We’re also very grateful to all those in the area on their own pleasure boats who used their VHF radios to alert us to what was happening and also stayed in the vicinity in case they were able to help.’

Lifeboat operations manager at RNLI Mumbles Station, Tim Conway said: ‘The in-shore lifeboat took two people off the boat and cleared the beach. 

‘There were no injuries, people got off safely and they’re fine – but obviously a bit upset. They [lifeboat crews] then set up a screen to keep the shoreline clear.’

A spokesperson for HM Coastguard added: ‘Two people have been safely rescued after their boat caught fire off Caswell Bay, in the Gower. HM Coastguard coordinated the response sending both Mumbles RNLI lifeboat and Mumbles Coastguard Rescue Team along with the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service…

‘Counter pollution officers at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency have been informed along with the local authority.’

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