The yacht was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo, Sicily, on Saturday, local media reported, when it began to take on water and eventually sank hours later about nine nautical miles from the port of Catanzaro.
All crew members and passengers were rescued and uninjured, the Coast Guard said on Twitter. He said he launched an investigation to determine what happened.
The My Saga first reported an issue on Saturday after departure from Gallipoli, on Italy’s southeastern peninsula, according to the country’s National Associated News Agency (ANSA). Patrol boats from the Italian Coast Guard in Crotone and from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) were dispatched to the scene.
They found the ship taking on water from its stern. Five people – four passengers and a crew member – were first 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 towing company was hired to try to salvage the vessel. A tug arrived and took the four remaining crew members – including the captain – aboard before starting to tow the vessel back to Crotone. But, according to ANSA, bad weather made the process difficult, as did the position of the yacht, which was tilted in the water.
Eventually the tug abandoned the yacht and she sank in the Gulf of Squillace. The Coast Guard took the other crew members to Catanzaro.
This is not the first time a sinking yacht has attracted attention on the internet. In May, rapper Cardi B posted footage on social media of a yacht sinking near her hotel while she was vacationing at an unknown location. The artist could be heard screaming as she asked if there was a “big boat that could save him”. Eventually, she said “goodbye” as he disappeared into the water. She then clarified that nobody was on board.
In the same month, passers-by saw another multimillion-dollar yacht, the Rendevous, sink in the port of Torquay, a marina in south-west England, after a fire broke out on board. Authorities have warned against potential air and water pollution because the yacht was carrying about nine metric tons of diesel.
And earlier this month, the 145ft 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 just been delivered to its owner.
Chico Harlan contributed to this report.