Video captures superyacht sinking off the coast of Italy

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A superyacht sank off the south coast of Italy in a spectacular capsize last weekend captured on video and shared on Twitter by the Italian Coast Guard.

The video compilation shows the My Saga, a ship of about 130 feet, struggling against the waves before sinking slowly into the water.

The yacht was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo, Sicily on Saturday, local news outlets reported, as it began to take hold and eventually sank several hours later, about nine nautical miles off the port of Catanzaro.

All crew members and passengers were rescued and unharmed, the Coast Guard reported on Twitter. It said it has launched an investigation to determine what happened.

The My Saga first reported an issue on Saturday after departing from Gallipoli, in Italy’s southeastern peninsula, according to the country’s National Associated Press Agency (ANSA). Patrol boats of the Italian Coast Guard in Crotone and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) were sent to the scene.

They found that the ship was taking in water from the stern. Five people — four passengers and one crew member — were initially rescued on a Romanian patrol boat acting on behalf of Frontex. They were then transferred to the Coast Guard boat and taken to Catanzaro, ANSA reported.

Meanwhile, a towage company was contracted to try to save the ship. A tugboat arrived and took the four remaining crew – including the captain – on board before the ship began towing to Crotone. But bad weather complicated the process, according to ANSA, as did the position of the yacht, which was in the water.

Finally, the tug left the yacht and sank in the Gulf of Squillace. The Coast Guard took the remaining crew members to Catanzaro.

It’s not the first time a sinking yacht has attracted attention on the Internet. In May, rapper Cardi B posted images to social media of a yacht that sank near her hotel while on vacation in an unknown location. The performer could be heard screaming when she asked if there wasn’t a “big boat that could make it.” Finally she said “goodbye” as it disappeared into the water. She later clarified that there was no one on board.

That same month, passers-by watched as another multimillion-dollar yacht, the Rendevous, sank in Torquay Harbor, a marina in southwest England, after a fire broke out on board. Authorities warned about possible air and water pollution because the yacht had about nine tons of diesel on board.

And earlier this month, the 145-foot Aria SF caught fire off the Balearic island of Formentera in Spain in an incident that was also caught on camera and widely shared on social media. Those on board were evacuated and no one was injured, the Guardian reported. The approximately $23 million yacht had reportedly just been delivered to its owner.

Chico Harlan contributed to this report.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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