M/Y Koi Catches Fire and Sinks

12 September 2017

The 35-meter M/Y Koisunk after catching fire between Kefalonia and Zakynthos in the Ionian Sea ofGreece on September 9, according to local news source ImeraZante.

The yacht was reported to be traveling from Malta to Iteafor a charter when the Greek Coast Guard received an alarm for help around 7a.m. as thick smoke appeared in the area. Seven crewmembers, three women andfour men, were on board and reportedly jumped into the sea after seeing thefire. Crew from nearby fishing vessel Afroditiwere able to safely rescue everyone on board, reports ImeraZante. No one wasinjured, and they were all transferred to the nearby Agios Nikolais port, andfrom there to the Port Authority of Zakynthos where they filed a statementregarding the incident.

According to the report, the fire began in the engine roomand spread across the ship within minutes. As of 11 p.m., the yacht was stillflaming but half-sunk while a tug worked to extinguish the fire. By 12:45 p.m.,a floating fire brigade arrived to help put the fire out.

No leaks were reported, and the area is being monitored forpollution.

[Photo: Tourist fisherman Michalis Messoloras via ImeraZante]