British pensioner, 68, is feared dead after his motor boat goes up in flames off Lanzarote

British pensioner, 68, is feared dead after his motor boat goes up in flames off Lanzarote


British pensioner, 68, is feared dead after his motor boat goes up in flames off Lanzarote

  • Footage showed thick black smoke billowing from the Brit’s vessel this morning
  • The 68-year-old, who lives in Lanzarote, was only person on board, police said 
  • Specialist Civil Guard divers are actively hunting for the pensioner but to no avail

Gerard Couzens for MailOnline

A missing British pensioner is feared dead after his motor boat went up in flames off the coast of Lanzarote.

Shocking video from a helicopter above showed thick black smoke billowing from the vessel’s hull as it became engulfed in flames.  

Emergency services discovered the 68-year-old man’s wallet in the sea near the boat, but so far have yet to find the Brit.

Thick black smoke billows from the vessel's hull as it was engulfed in flames off Lanzarote

Thick black smoke billows from the vessel's hull as it was engulfed in flames off Lanzarote

Thick black smoke billows from the vessel’s hull as it was engulfed in flames off Lanzarote

The shocking footage was filmed from a helicopter after a huge emergency response was launched

The shocking footage was filmed from a helicopter after a huge emergency response was launched

The shocking footage was filmed from a helicopter after a huge emergency response was launched

The pensioner’s partner confirmed he had left his wallet at the upmarket Marina Rubicon port in Playa Blanca on Lanzarote’s southern coast alone around 7.30am.

The Civil Guard said the search operation involving police, coastguards and a local authority emergency response unit was continuing after firefighters put out the blaze.

Specialist divers are assisting as well as a coastguard helicopter, which took video footage of the upturned boat near the Pechiguera Lighthouse.

The 68-year-old man's wallet has been found in the sea near the boat (pictured), but the Brit is still missing

The 68-year-old man's wallet has been found in the sea near the boat (pictured), but the Brit is still missing

The 68-year-old man’s wallet has been found in the sea near the boat (pictured), but the Brit is still missing

The upturned boat, known locally as Orca, is pictured after the flames died down

The upturned boat, known locally as Orca, is pictured after the flames died down

The upturned boat, known locally as Orca, is pictured after the flames died down

One well-placed source confirmed: ‘The missing man is a British national. He hasn’t yet been located.’

He is believed to be aged 68 and lives in Lanzarote. The boat he was on has been named locally as Orca. The cause of the fire is not yet known.

One Brit holidaymaker commenting on the boat blaze wrongly claimed on social media the man on board had been found floating in the sea, despite the Civil Guard insisting last night he had yet to be located.

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