August 26, 2020

Out-News = Sport Cruiser Explosion in Ponza

On the early afternoon at around 1400 hours of 26th August a gas powered Sport Cruiser exploded while taking on fuel in the Island of Ponza, and eventually burned up and sank. With three persons onboard, a couple and a daughter this was an avoided tragedy.  The fire started from an explosion in the engine compartment, which shot the daughter and mother in the sea, while the boat was refuelling at the Ponza Mare fuel station.  The man onboard who was in the cabin, shock jumped in the water just seconds after the explosion. The immediate operation of the Coast Guard was important to control the fire and move the boat away which had the Carloforte car ferry of company LazioMar some meters away at the time of the explosion.  The DMD Sea Service of Ponza eventually towed away the boat away from the Ponza harbour and let it burn down offshore.
The boat in the accident is a Mano 26.50 Cruiser of about eight meters in length, which offers an accommodation of four berths in a two plus two layout.  The Mano 26.50 Cruiser was standard powered by twin petrol gas engines of 150hp, but had various power options from a single 350hp in gas petrol up to twin 170hp diesel engines.  The boat in the accident had twin gas engines.

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