Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Kahu sinks after burning to the waterline at East Cowes

The aftermath



The picture shows some of the equipment brought in to recover Kahu after she caught fire and sunk at East Cowes.

The storey is best told here: http://www.boatinternational.com/2013/11/06/fire-damaged-23m-motor-yacht-kahu-sinks-in-east-cowes-marina-isle-of-wight-uk/

Apparently there is still an industrial strength crane to be brought in, which will lift the wreck of the Kahu onto the barge for an ignominious end to someone's pride and joy.

I'm not too fussed about the owner who, if you think about it, is not inconvenienced and is likely to get a big fat insurance payout. Easier than selling the boat I suppose. Rather, my sympathies lie with all the other people who have been hard impacted by this, including the marina, local residents and boat owners.

On a separate note, I'm not convinced the recovery needs to be such a massive operation. John agrees, and suggests to simply raise the wreck with airbags at low tide, gently float the whole lot to a convenient slipway at high tide and then deal with it all from there.

One other thing that occurs is, if it burned for over eight hours, did anybody think to fetch one of the big tugs with powerful monitors over from Fawley, less than an hours steaming away? I bet the fire would have lasted no time against that kind of onslaught.

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