UPDATE: Dec. 19, 3:50 p.m.
By Dorie Cox
Firefighters continue to monitor M/Y Andiamo today after a fire burned the 120-foot Benetti at Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina in Miami last night. Crew on a fire boat from the City of Miami Fire and Rescue worked in the rain and wind this morning to cut into the exposed port side of the hull with circular saws to reach a hot spot about noontime.
The yacht rests along the length of the starboard side in about 20 feet of water at the dock where it was moored Mediterranean-style on the south dock. The Benetti is described online as having a beam of 26 feet. A lifeboat near the bow and one at the stern inflated after the incident and are still attached to the yacht.
Authorities are not sure when the fire began, but the first 911 call came in at 7:23 p.m., according to Capt. Ignatius Carroll of City of Miami Fire and Rescue.
Officers from Miami Beach Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue joined the effort through mutual aid response with a total of four fire boats on the scene to fight the fire with both water and foam. Everyone onboard got off the boat safely and everyone was accounted for, Capt. Carroll said.
After two-and-a-half hours of fighting the fire, the boat began to list and rested on its starboard side. The fire is under investigation.
“We won’t know the cause of the fire until it is upright,” Capt. Carroll said.
Dorie Cox is editor of The Triton. To add information or photos to this story, please contact [email protected].
ORIGINAL POST: Dec. 18; 11:50 pm
M/Y Andiamo burned at Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina in Miami tonight (Dec. 18), according to South Florida media reports. Miami Fire Rescue units responded to the 120-foot boat fire at 888 MacArthur Causeway on Watson Island.
It is reported that no one was injured. The incident is under investigation.
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