Andy McGill lost all his belonging when the boat he was living on sunk in the fire at Ramsgate Marina. His daughter has started a fundraising bid to help her father
Andy McGill’s daughter Hayley Jane has started a fundraiser to help raise money for her father who lost everything during the Ramsgate Marina fire which started at 01.30am on Friday 27 July.
KentOnline reports that McGill was left with only the clothes he was wearing at the time of the blaze.
The 63 year old’s boat sunk during the fire, another vessel was destroyed by the flames and three more suffered damages.
The man lost his belongings, including a laptop, books, personal memorabilia and photos. He also suffered minor burns and a leg injury.
“At 1.30 in the morning, there was a big bang that woke me up.” KentOnline reports Mr McGill saying.
“I go to the cabin door, open the door and there was just black smoke and grey smoke pouring through. I jumped onto the bed and pulled myself up through the hatch.
“The whole back of the boat was engulfed in flames and the flames were about five foot, ten foot high.
“I injured my hip and I’ve got a bit of burn on the side of my face and my elbow.
“All my worldly possessions, all my photographs, my history, my book collection of rare martial arts books, memorabilia – everything went up in flames.”
Hayley Jane started a fundraising page on GoFundMe. More than £2000 have already been donated to the cause.
Firefighters were at Ramsgate Marina just after 1.30 this morning, after a man was spotted aboard a burning yacht.
The blaze destroyed one vessel and caused damage to three more boats, whilst a fifth sunk.
20 firefighters were at the scene and used breathing apparatus, compressed air foam, a hose reel jet and a covering jet to tackle the blaze. They managed to extinguish it in around three hours, Kent Live reports.
The ambulance services, Kent police and the Coastguard were also on the scene.
One woman had to be treated by paramedics for smoke inhalation but nobody else was injured or unaccounted for.
It is not yet known how the fire started.