Photos and videos: Fire engulfs yacht at Sentosa Cove, 15 sent to hospital

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A yacht caught fire at One Degree 15 Marina Club in Sentosa Cove on Thursday (March 22), and 15 people, including an infant, were sent to the hospital for burn injuries and smoke inhalation.

Stomper Lim alerted Stomp to videos and photos circulating on WhatsApp, which show the yacht engulfed in flames.

In the videos, black smoke could be seen billowing from the yacht which was berthed at the club. 

In one of the videos, officers from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) are also seen near the charred remains of the yacht, and the flames appear to be largely extinguished. 

A witness, 27-year-old Mr Shazan Ifham, a former firefighter and now chief skipper at a yacht charter company, told The Straits Times that he saw black smoke at around 4.30pm while working on another yacht nearby. 

He said:

“At first, I saw white smoke and didn't take it seriously. But after about two minutes, I saw black smoke and realised it was a fire. That's when I started to react.”

Mr Shazam quickly called the SCDF, and the responders arrived at the scene in about five minutes. 

In response to media queries, an SCDF spokesman said they were alerted to a fire involving a yacht berthed at a fuel dock, and members of in-house emergency response team tackled the fire with three hosereels. 

After SCDF officers arrived at the scene, they used two water jets to put out the fire.

Three people, including an infant, suffered burn injuries and were sent to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) for treatment.

Another 12 were sent to SGH and National University Hospital (NUH) for smoke inhalation. 

According to The Straits Times, of the sent to hospital for smoke inhalation, some were members of the in-house emergency response team. 

Some people were on board the yacht when the fire broke out. 

The SCDF added that the cause of the fire is under investigation.