Massive 130ft superyacht My Saga sinks
Footage shows the dramatic moment a 130ft (40m) superyacht sank off the coast of southern Italy over the weekend, with the Italian coastguard saving nine from the ship.
‘My Saga’ was crossing the Gulf of Squillace on Saturday August 20 when disaster struck midway through its journey from Gallipoli to Milazzo on the island of Sicily.
The Italian coastguard – Guardia Costiera de Crotone – confirmed the yacht had started to sink nine miles out to sea, with footage showing the boat rapidly sinking into the ocean at a 45 degree angle as the waves crashed around him.
Even in the space of the short first clip, the luxury superyacht can be seen descending into the water at an alarming rate, with a later second video showing only the bow of the boat rising out of the sea before it sinks completely .
After getting into trouble, the captain made a distress call for help.
Tweeting a video of the sinking ship on Twitter, Guardia Costiera said in a statement, automatically translated from Italian to English: “In recent days, the Guardia Costiera of Crotone has coordinated the rescue operations of passengers and of the crew of a 40-meter yacht, which sank 9 miles off Catanzaro Marina.
“Administrative investigation opened to identify the causes.”
Commenting on the post, one social media user wrote in disbelief: “What a crazy thing!!”
Another added: “How??? Why!??!”
According Super Yacht SchedulesMy Saga was built in Italy in 2007 under the Monaco Yachting and Technologies brand as “Yuko”.
She was flying the flag of the Cayman Islands when she sailed to Milazzo this weekend with an all-Italian crew – all of whom were rescued.
Local socket Information about Catanzaro reported that a tugboat arrived at dawn to assist My Saga, with the aim of towing the yacht to Crotone – the only port that would be able to accept the large vessel.
However, the situation worsened, partly due to “difficult weather conditions” and the angle of the boat, and attempts to salvage My Saga had to be abandoned, leaving it to sink in “a very short time”. .
The cause of the problem is not yet known, an investigation to be launched by the local marine office to understand all the circumstances.