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Yacht nearly sinks off the coast of Palinuro, Italy
Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 8:43 AM
Joined: 01/05/2008
Posts: 12

The 29-metre M/Y Mediterraneo almost sank off the southwest shores of Palinuro on a trip from Milazzo. The Napolitan coast guards successfully completed their search operation and saved the eight passengers on board.

The incident took place around 11:45 p.m. on the September 8 while the yacht sailed from Milazzo to the Cote d'Azur when suddenly the boat started taking on water, almost sinking. A call for help was sent on the channel 16 of the vhf radio before the crew abandoned ship onto the lifeboat. Rescue operations were complicated by the distance from the shore to the boat and poor gsm telephone coverage. Two merchant ships, a naval vessel from the Marina Militare and the patrol vessel CP 814 of the Guardia Costiera di Camerota were involved in the rescue operation. At 00.40 am the 'Jolly Amaranto' located and rescued the unfortunate crew off the coast of Capo Palinuro and who then boarded the CP 814 lifeboat and were transferred to the port of Palinuro.

M/Y Mediterraneo, a Morgan 93 built by Aicon Yachts, was apparently making its maiden voyage from Sicily to the Festival de Plaisance in Cannes. The yacht was ordered during the 2008 Genoa Boat Show by Ferrari and Fiat S.p.A PresidentLuca Cordero di Montezemolo. The Guardia Costiera di Salerno report that  the yacht was towed to the Cantiere Schiavone shipyard at Acciaroli but at the time of writing the shipyard was not able to verify this.

captain Alexander Proch
Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 8:35 AM
Joined: 28/07/2008
Posts: 2

The crew got off the yacht  while the yacht was still afloat?
If this yacht was then subsequently towed to a yard, that means it did not sink. The crew put themselves in greater danger by leaving the yacht too soon.

Posted: Thursday, September 17, 2009 2:49 PM
Joined: 14/01/2009
Posts: 1026

You are correct, History teaches us to stay with the ship to stay safe. Of course the situation could have been such that it would be foolhardy to stay aboard. I was crossing the Southern Ionian on the 8th of Sept and if I remember correctly the Eastern Tyrrhenian Sea was bulging with violent thunderstorms that night. Also consider that the job of the search and rescue crews responding to a mayday is to rescue the crew. I would imagine that the rescue boat would not be happy standing by all night guarding the yacht while its crew figure out how to save her. I suspect that the search and rescue crew strongly recommended to the yacht crew to clear off and let a professional salvage crew move in. When a salvage tug is dispatched, they arrive fully prepared for the situation and have the skill, motivation and endurance to stand by until the operation is complete and they are paid.
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