Campbell Holmes, general manager of Holmeport Marinas, said owners of the yachts would likely face a total loss of $3 million.
“I know one was a fairly new boat, probably worth around $800,000. Together with the other two, I would say the boats would have a total value of $3 million,” he said.
“The owners are obviously devastated because it seems like these three boats have been written off, but accidents like this happen.”
Also, working with the Environmental Protection Agency, hazmat firefighters erected a barrier to contain spills of fuel, oil and other contaminants as the boats themselves were carrying 1,000 liters of fuel.
“The fuel load on these boats is pretty heavy because they’re mostly fiberglass and they also carry a lot of diesel, which is quite a problem,” Dewberry said.
There were no one on board the burning boats and there were no reports of injuries. Dewberry said investigators at the scene have not yet determined the cause of the fire.
The investigations are ongoing.
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