A video surfaced on social media shows how a 40-meter superyacht dramatically sank into the Mediterranean Sea.
It was posted on Twitter by the Italian Coast Guard. The footage reflects the 130 feet boat steadily drowning. Per the BBC, the Coast Guard rescued nine individuals who were on board.
The number included five crew members and four passengers. It added that the boat was heading to Milazzo from Gallipoli when it sank. An “administrative examination” was launched to find the cause, per a translation of the tweet of the Coast Guard.
It also published a statement on Facebook stating that worsening weather conditions indicated that the yacht sank within a short time and was unfortunately not retrieved from the sea.
Video Credits: Reuters
The Daily Mail reported that the boat was called ‘Saga’. It was constructed in Monaco back in 2007. It also added that the incident occurred on Saturday night at approximately 14.5km from the coast.
On getting a distress call, the Coast Guard immediately sent a tugboat to tow the vessel in distress back to the port. The rescue operation soon began, but the ship began listing heavily to the starboard, the outlet mentioned.
The Coast Guard officials mentioned that the yacht’s stern had disappeared underneath the waves, and the water reached the roof-line. Seeing the boat’s condition, the rescuers paused towing the vessel as it went straight nose-up into the air and began sinking rapidly.
On Sunday, the superyacht sank at about 1 pm.
The authorities are trying to find the leading cause behind the vessel’s sinking. They are also analyzing the video footage, per the Italian Coast Guard.
References: NDTV, Medico Topics