Image courtesy Guardia Costiera
The 150-foot superyacht Lady MM caught fire on Tuesday morning, and burned about 50 miles off Capo Comino, Sardinia. The vessel had nine crewmembers and eight Kazakh nationals aboard as passengers.
The Guardia Costiera station in Olbia, Sardinia received a distress call from the Lady MM reporting a fire at about 0600 hrs. The agency then dispatched a helicopter and two patrol boats to assist in finding them as they had abandoned the ship using the yacht’s tender several hours after the call.
Coast guard units located them and brought them safely to shore.
Video released by the Guardia Costiera shows that the vessel’s superstructure was completely destroyed by the fire. She began taking on water and sank by the stern at about 1736 hours UTC, according to the footage.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Source: The Maritime executive