Television news showed the fire destroying the yacht, which eventually sank in 65 meters of water. Check the video here. Laszlo tells me he is recovering and will be 100% in a few months, but he is obviously a very lucky sailor.
Wanting to learn from this tragedy, I asked Laszlo what caused the fire - was it a propane leak, or an electrical failure ?
Laszlo believes it was probably a faulty high pressure fuel injector pipe on the diesel engine, spraying a fine mist of diesel that eventually ignited. He tells me that commercial trawlers have suffered similar fates in the past year or so on that coast. His center cockpit vessel had space for storage in the engine room, so he did have solvents and fuels stored in there.