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Viral footage shows yacht sinking off the coast of Italy

by | Aug 24, 2022 - 1:41PM | Superyachts

Social media has been flooded with footage of a 39.4 meter (129.3-foot) yacht sinking off the coast of Italy.

The Italian Coast Guard says the superyacht ran into trouble in the Gulf of Squillace, 14.5km (9 miles) out from Catanzaro Marina in Calabria.

It’s a well-known tourist destination for the rich and powerful.

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Image: Guardia Costiera

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Four passengers and five crew members were aboard the vessel at the time.

All of them were rescued just before the yacht completely capsized, and all reportedly escaped without injury.

Five of the nine on board were rescued by a Romanian vessel patrolling on behalf of Frontex.

Sinking yacht identified as My Saga

The yacht in question has been identified as My Saga, which was built by Monaco Yachting & Technologies in 2007.

When delivered, it was originally named YuKo, but the name was changed in October 2021.

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Taking to Facebook, the Catanzaro Coast Guard said the yacht sank as it traveled from Gallipoli in Turkey to Milazzo in Sicily.

The crew reportedly noticed the vessel taking on water from the stern on August 20.

A tug was in the process of towing the yacht back to shore when it went under.

The Catanzaro Coast Guard said it was investigating what led to the sinking.

“The identification of the causes that led to its collapse is at the center of a targeted administrative investigation activity conducted by the Catanzaro Coast Guard Command,” it said via Facebook.

Nei giorni scorsi, la #GuardiaCostiera di #Crotone è stata impegnata nel coordinamento dei soccorsi agli occupanti di uno yacht di 40 metri, partito da Gallipoli e diretto a Milazzo, poi affondato a circa 9 miglia al largo di #CatanzaroMarina.Complesse le attività che, con il coinvolgimento della motovedetta CP321 del Comando crotonese, oltrechè di una unità operante nel dispositivo Frontex, e di un rimorchiatore di stanza presso lo stesso porto calabrese, hanno permesso di trarre in salvo i quattro passeggeri e i cinque membri dell’equipaggio.Il peggioramento delle condizioni meteomarine, con la graduale e crescente inclinazione dell’unità sulla propria dritta, hanno reso impraticabile ogni tentativo di spiaggiamento dello yacht, inabissatosi in breve tempo. L’individuazione delle cause che ne hanno comportato l’affondamento è al centro di una mirata attività di indagine amministrativa condotta dal Comando della Guardia Costiera catanzarese.#SAR #AlServizioDegliAltri

Posted by Corpo delle Capitanerie di Porto – Guardia Costiera on Monday, August 22, 2022

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