…By Alan Peterson for TDPel Media.
A fire broke out in the Pocket’s Wharf area of Swansea Marina, causing damage to several boats.
The incident occurred on Monday, May 29, at 11:43 am, resulting in thick, black smoke billowing into the sky.
Firefighters managed to extinguish the fire, but not before it had spread to a neighboring boat and caused heat damage to several others.
Boat occupants escape unharmed:
Two individuals were aboard the small boat that caught fire, but fortunately, they were able to safely disembark without any injuries.
However, the fire had already spread to a nearby vessel and caused varying degrees of damage to other boats in the vicinity.
Swansea Council has launched an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.
Precautionary measures and repairs:
As a precautionary measure, fuel absorbent booms have been deployed in the area.
Additionally, efforts are underway to repair the pontoon, enabling other boat owners to access their vessels and inspect them for any potential damage resulting from the incident.
Scene of the fire and aftermath:
Footage captured at the scene depicted the engulfed boat consumed by flames, while images shared on social media and by eyewitnesses showcased the rising plumes of smoke in the air.
The intensity of the fire caused significant damage to the directly affected boats and raised concerns for the safety of other vessels in the marina.
Swansea Council’s response:
A spokesperson from Swansea Council expressed their prompt response to the fire, with staff being deployed immediately upon notification.
They confirmed that no other boat owners were present on the pontoons during the incident.
The fire service acted swiftly to extinguish the flames, but unfortunately, the fire had already spread to a neighboring boat and caused additional damage.
The council is actively investigating the cause of the fire to prevent future incidents.
The fire incident in Swansea Marina resulted in damage to multiple boats, highlighting the potential risks faced by boat owners and the importance of swift firefighting response.
As investigations continue into the cause of the fire, precautionary measures have been implemented, including the deployment of fuel absorbent booms and pontoon repairs.
Boat owners are now awaiting access to their vessels to assess the extent of the damage caused by the fire.