The $5.6million motor cruiser caught fire and sank yesterday

Work is underway to contain and

recover oil from the River Medina after a luxury motor cruiser caught fire and sank in an Isle of Wight marina.

The 23-metre (75.46ft) motor yacht Kahu, estimated to be worth $5.6million, caught fire and subsequently

sank whilst moored at East Cowes Marina yesterday afternoon, 5 November.

The fire took hold onboard the Kahu just after 1pm and the

incident was attended by the fire, police and Cowes Harbour Commission


There were no casualties at all and nobody was onboard the Kahu at the time of the fire.


tackled the fire from onboard the yacht, from nearby pontoons, and with the

assistance of Cowes Harbour

Commission’s 16m Multi-Cat Seaclear.

Despite this, the Kahu sank at 10.45pm yesterday

evening, with approximately 8,000 litres of marine diesel fuel oil on board.

Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) deployed oil spill prevention booms around the

vessel during the fire.

Harbour Master Captain Stuart

McIntosh immediately activated CHC’s Harbour Emergency Plan and Oil Spill

Response Plan in order to minimise the impact of any potential pollution

incident arising from the sunken vessel.

Capt McIntosh said: ‘Cowes Harbour Commission has a well planned and rehearsed response

for pollution incidents with back-up from specialist Oil Spill Response

contractor Adler and Allan.

‘The majority of the diesel fuel appears to be

contained within the vessel’s fuel tanks.

‘The team from Adler and Allen

mobilised their oil spill emergency response unit yesterday evening, which is

still on scene, and involved deploying further oil booms around the vessel to

minimise any potential pollution.


has a statutory obligation to have an effective Oil Spill Response Plan in

place, and our staff are trained to respond to just such an incident.


continuously review and update the plan, and hold regular exercises to test

effectiveness so that we are prepared for scenarios like the unfortunate

sinking of the Kahu.’


and Allan are still working with Cowes Harbour Commission to contain and

recover the oil from the incident on the River Medina.