Watch: Yacht Explodes Over Italy’s Blue Waters
17 people were rescued from the sinking vessel.
Just off the coast of Sardinia, Italy, a yacht had burst into flames and sank completely underwater after the people onboard it had abandoned it in time. Dramatic footage, captured from a rescue helicopter as well as a rescue boat shows the yacht in flames, letting out smoke as high as 150 feet in the air before eventually sinking into the Mediterranean sea. Authorities have reported no deaths or injuries in the incident, and have said that 17 people have been rescued.
Among those rescued, eight were tourists from Kazakhstan, while all others were the crew members onboard the vessel. All of them had abandoned the yacht for a small boat when rescue authorities arrived. The yacht has been identified to be a 48m Lady MM that was travelling from Capri to Sardinia. A distress signal was sent by the captain before abandoning the ship, which was intercepted by Olbia Coast Guard that launched the rescue operation.
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