Kilkeel RNLI were called out to the blaze on board a 40ft yacht in Northern Ireland

A 40ft yacht went up

in flames in the early hours of Sunday morning after a propane gas cylinder

exploded on board.

Kilkeel RNLI attended

the scene following reports of a yacht burning fiercely south east of Rostrevor

pier in Northern Ireland.

The yacht’s owners

were contacted and they confirmed that there were two gas cylinders aboard the

yacht, but no people.

Kilkeel lifeboat

reached the stricken vessel, which was ablaze from bow to stern, at around

2.30am.

As one of the propane

gas cylinders had already exploded, lifeboat crews and four fire fighters waited

for the fire to subside before extinguishing the rest of the flames.

The RNLI’s Gerry Smyth

said: “It was vital that the lifeboat crew, the fire fighters and the lifeboat

were kept out of danger whilst there was the possibility of the gas cylinders

exploding.

“The yacht was

extensively damaged and still afloat when we left the scene but importantly no

lives were lost.”

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