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Dramatic footage has captured the moment a 40-metre superyacht sank into the Mediterranean sea after being battered in a storm.

The 40-metre-long luxury vessel was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo overnight on Saturday when it got into trouble around 15km from Italy’s Catanzaro Marina.

Footage shows the yacht, named My Saga, rapidly disappearing beneath waves, as lifeboats appear to float beside it.

The captain sent out a distress call to the Port Authority of Crotone, with officials told the yacht was taking on a significant amount of water from the stern.

The Italian coastguard dispatched two patrol vessels and rescued all four passengers and five crew members on board.

A tugboat sent out at dawn was unable to save the superyacht from sinking because of worsening weather conditions, the Super Yacht Times reports. The Saga finally sank at around 1pm on Sunday.

The outlet reports the yacht, which was built in Monaco back in 2007, was flying under the Cayman Islands flag with an all-Italian crew when it sunk.

An investigation has been launched into the cause.

It comes after a £6 million superyacht sunk after it went up in flames in the UK on the Torquay harbourside.

The 85ft vessel was consumed by fire , with thick black smoking billowing into the sky.

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The yacht reportedly drifted out into the harbour after the fire burnt through ropes securing it to the pier, but the vessel was later secured by the fire service.

A fire service statement revealed that the vessel contained approximately 8000 litres of diesel fuel.

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Video captures 130-foot superyacht sinking off southern coast of Italy

A superyacht sank off the southern coast of Italy over the weekend of Aug. 20 in a spectacular capsizing captured on video and shared on Twitter by the Italian coast guard.

The video compilation shows the My Saga , a roughly 130-foot boat, struggling against the waves before slowly sinking into the water.

The yacht was sailing from the town of Gallipoli to Milazzo, Sicily, on Aug. 20, local news outlets reported, when it began to take on water and eventually sank some hours later about nine nautical miles off the port of Catanzaro.

All crew members and passengers were rescued and uninjured, the coast guard said on Twitter. It said it launched an investigation to determine what happened.

Nei giorni scorsi, la #GuardiaCostiera di #Crotone ha coordinato operazioni di salvataggio di passeggeri ed equipaggio di uno yacht di 40m, affondato a 9 miglia al largo di #CatanzaroMarina . Avviata inchiesta amministrativa per individuarne le cause. #SAR #AlServizioDegliAltri pic.twitter.com/kezuiivqsM — Guardia Costiera (@guardiacostiera) August 22, 2022

The My Saga first reported a problem on Aug. 20 after setting sail from Gallipoli , on Italy’s southeastern peninsula, according to the country’s National Associated Press Agency (ANSA). Patrol boats from the Italian coast guard in Crotone and 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 member of the crew — were initially rescued on a Romanian patrol boat acting on behalf of Frontex. They were then transferred to the coast guard boat and taken to Catanzaro.

According to an Italian official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of an ongoing investigation, the My Saga flew a Cayman Islands flag and was owned by a Danish company. The group on board when the boat took on water included six Italian nationals, two Danish citizens and a South African national, the person said.

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The owner contracted a towing company to attempt to rescue the ship, according to the official. A tugboat, the Alessandro Second, arrived and took the four remaining crew members — including the captain — onboard before beginning to tow the ship toward Crotone. But bad weather made the process difficult, as did the position of the yacht, which was tilted into the water.

Eventually, the tugboat abandoned the yacht, and it sank into the Gulf of Squillace. The coast guard took the remaining crew members to Catanzaro.

It’s not the first time a sinking yacht has captured attention on the internet. In May, rapper Cardi B posted footage on social media of a yacht sinking near her hotel while she was on vacation in an unknown location. The artist could be heard screaming as she asked whether there wasn’t a “big boat that could save it.” Eventually, she said “bye-bye” as it disappeared into the water. She later clarified that no one was onboard .

I can’t believe I’m actually watching a yacht sink pic.twitter.com/dLL3ZJJv9R — Cardi B (@iamcardib) May 28, 2022

The same month, passersby watched as another multimillion-dollar yacht, the Rendezvous, sank in Torquay Harbor, a marina in southwestern England, after a fire broke out onboard. Authorities warned of potential air and water pollution because the yacht carried about nine metric tons of diesel.

And earlier this month, the 145-foot Aria SF caught fire off the Balearic island of Formentera in Spain in an incident that was also captured on camera and shared widely on social media. Those onboard were evacuated, and no one was hurt, the Guardian reported . The roughly $23 million yacht had reportedly just been delivered to its owner.

Chico Harlan contributed to this report.

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Video shows 40-metre superyacht sinking off Italy's Catanzaro coast

'my saga' sank on saturday while sailing from gallipoli to milazzo, italian local media reported, yacht sinks off the coast of italy.

Yacht sinks off the coast of Italy

A 40-metre yacht has sunk in the Mediterranean Sea after running into trouble about nine nautical miles (17 kilometres) off the coast of Catanzaro in Italy.

The My Saga , flying the flag of the Cayman Islands and with an Italian crew, sank at about 1pm on Saturday while sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo, according to Italian media reports.

The Italian coastguard rescued nine people on board — four passengers and five crew — over two days, the report said.

The Crotone Port operations room received a report late on Friday that a vessel was taking on water, according to news outlet Catanzaro Informa .

A Romanian vessel patrolling on behalf of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency was sent to the site, along with another patrol boat.

The first four passengers and a crew member were rescued by the Romanian boat on Friday. The other four crew members, including the captain, were rescued at dawn on Saturday, the report said.

Difficult weather on Saturday and the yacht leaning on its starboard side made it too dangerous to bring in a tugboat to beach the vessel, which sank quickly afterwards.

The crew who were on board the tugboat were transferred to the coastguard patrol boat to be taken to Catanzaro Marina port.

An inquiry is to be launched to establish the cause of the sinking.

The My Saga was built in Italy in 2007 as Yuko , according to Super Yacht Times .

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Dramatic video captures the moment a massive 40-meter superyacht sank off the coast of Italy

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Dramatic video captures the moment a massive 40-meter superyacht sank off the coast of Italy

  • A superyacht sunk off the coast of Southern Italy over the weekend.
  • Video of the boat's demise showed the ship sinking stern-first with its bow straight in the air.

A superyacht measuring nearly 130 feet sunk off the coast of southern Italy on Saturday, after members of the Italian Coast Guard rescued nine people from the submerging ship.

This weekend, the Italian press reported that the 39.4-meter motor yacht named "My Saga" sunk off the coast of Catanzaro Marina.

Video from the scene shows the massive boat teetering into the water before fully sinking stern-first.

—Sky News (@SkyNews) August 22, 2022

Sky News reported that worsening weather conditions rendered it impossible for a rescue tugboat to bring the yacht to safety.

An investigation into what caused the ship to sink is underway, the outlet reported.

The yacht was built in Italy in 2007, according to Super Yacht Times, and was traveling from Gallipoli to Milazzo under a Cayman Islands flag with a full Italian crew when it sunk.

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Italian coast guard rescued 4 passengers and 5 crew members from my saga superyacht.

Superyacht sinking off Italian coast caught on video

The Italian Coast Guard captured the moment a 130-foot superyacht sank into the Mediterranean Sea

Footage captured the moment disaster struck off the Italian coast.

The Italian Coast Guard released videos of 130-foot superyacht My Saga sinking into the Mediterranean Sea.

The yacht was cruising from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it began taking on water at the stern Saturday evening.

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The yacht is shown listing heavily to starboard. (Italian Coast Guard)

After receiving a distress call, the Coast Guard dispatched two patrol vessels to rescue the nine people on board, and a tugboat to tow the vessel back to port in Crotone.

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During the rescue operation, the vessel was partly submerged and listed to starboard — nine miles off the coast of Catanzaro Marina. 

Footage captured what happened next as the vessel’s bow went up into the air. Rescuers forfeited the operation and the steel-hulled yacht rapidly disappeared beneath the waves stern-first.

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The yacht lists heavily to starboard before submerging underwater. (Italian Coast Guard)

The Italian Coast Guard reported that harsh weather and sea conditions, in addition to the increasing incline of the vessel on its starboard, made retrieving My Saga "impractical."

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The yacht rapidly sank underwater stern-first. (Italian Coast Guard)

My Saga was the first yacht of its caliber that Monaco Yachting and Technologies had built by 2007. The yacht was purchased by an undisclosed owner in 2022, according to SuperYacht Times.

The Italian Coast Guard has launched an "administrative investigation" to identify the cause of the incident, according to a translation of the Coast Guard’s Facebook post.

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Video Shows Dramatic Moment 40-Metre Yacht Sinks Off The Coast Of Italy

The coast guard said that worsening of the weather and sea conditions caused the boat the sink in a short time..

Video Shows Dramatic Moment 40-Metre Yacht Sinks Off The Coast Of Italy

The boat sank 14.5 kilometres off the coast.

A video has emerged on social media that shows a superyacht completely sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. It has been posted by the Italian Coast Guard on Twitter and shows the 130 feet boat going under water. According to the BBC , the Coast Guard rescued all nine people on board - four passengers and five crew members. It further said that the boat was heading from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it sank. An "administrative investigation" has been launched to find out the cause, according to a translation of the Coast Guard's tweet.

Nei giorni scorsi, la #GuardiaCostiera di #Crotone ha coordinato operazioni di salvataggio di passeggeri ed equipaggio di uno yacht di 40m, affondato a 9 miglia al largo di #CatanzaroMarina . Avviata inchiesta amministrativa per individuarne le cause. #SAR #AlServizioDegliAltri pic.twitter.com/kezuiivqsM — Guardia Costiera (@guardiacostiera) August 22, 2022

It also posted a statement on Facebook, which said that worsening of the weather and sea conditions meant the yacht sank in a short time and was unable to be retrieved from the sea.

The Daily Mail said that the boat was named 'Saga', which was built in Monaco in 2007. It further said that the incident took place on Saturday night about 14.5km from the coast.

After receiving a distress call, the Coast Guard dispatched a tugboat to tow the vessel in distress back to port safely. The rescue operation began, but the ship started listing heavily to starboard, the outlet further said.

The Coast Guard officials said that the yacht's stern disappeared beneath the waves and water reached her roof-line. Looking at the condition of the boat, the rescuers stopped towing the vessel as it went nose-up into the air and began to sink rapidly.

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The superyacht sank around 1pm on Sunday.

The authorities are now trying to find the reason behind the vessel's sinking. They are also analysing the footage, according to the Italian Coast Guard.

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Watch This 130-Foot Sinking Yacht Plummet Into the Ocean Off the Coast of Italy The video, which was released by the Italian Coast Guard, shows the 130-foot yacht sinking into the ocean with four passengers and five crew members on board.

By Emily Rella Aug 24, 2022

Talk about a Saga indeed!

In disastrous footage caught on camera, a super yacht named My Saga began to sink in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Calabria in Italy.

The video, which was released by the Italian Coast Guard, shows the 130-foot yacht quickly plummeting into the water with four passengers and five crew members on board.

VIDEO: A luxury yacht sinks some 15 km off the coast of Catanzaro, in southern Italy. All four passengers and five crew members were rescued from the 40-metre vessel, which was heading from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it sank. pic.twitter.com/k0c5ZvuFDN — AFP News Agency (@AFP) August 23, 2022

The boat was making its way from Gallipoli to Sicily over the weekend when the vessel started to take on water, roughly nine miles outside the port of Catanzaro.

Four passengers and one crew member were rescued by a Romanian patrol boat before being transferred to the Italian Coast Guard ship and brought back to the port at Catanzaro, according to reports.

A tugboat was then dispatched to rescue the remaining crew members before the boat was towed. But rough waters and bad weather — coupled with the peculiar and complicated positioning of the breached boat — made towing nearly impossible.

The remaining crew members were also brought back to Catanzaro. All were retrieved safely and uninjured.

The Coast Guard is currently investigating the exact cause of the sinkage.

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At least fifty-five people drowned after their boat sank off the coast of Libya, the United Nations migration agency said on Wednesday, the latest in a series of deadly accidents in just a few days involving migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

The rubber boat, carrying 60 people, left Tuesday morning from Garabouli, a small town a few dozen miles east of Tripoli, Libya’s capital, according to the agency, the International Organization for Migration . Only five survivors were brought to shore by the Libyan coast guard.

“This is a very high number of lives,” said Safa Msehli, a spokeswoman for the organization. “And these deaths have become normalized, as a matter of fact,” she added. “That is a very, very dangerous thing .”

Human rights organizations have for years protested the lack of preventive search and rescue patrols by countries around the Mediterranean.

The latest disaster happened shortly after the bodies of dozens migrants, killed as their boats sank or capsized last week, washed ashore on the beaches of Sabratha, west of Tripoli. And on Monday, 33 people died in four different accidents near the Italian island of Lampedusa, according to Flavio di Giacomo, a spokesman for the U.N. agency.

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After the dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi was toppled and killed in 2011, Libya descended into civil war and its territory remains divided among warring factions. Amid the chaos of recent years, it has become a major transit point to Europe for tens of thousands of African migrants. With few pathways for legal migration available, many pay smugglers to help them make the dangerous sea crossing.

Ms. Msehli called the situation in Libya “extremely concerning,” with migrants within the country who are subject to kidnapping, abuse, arbitrary detention and exploitation by criminal groups and trafficking networks. Then some depart on overcrowded rubber dinghies handled by smugglers, making the central Mediterranean the deadliest maritime route in the world, according to the agency.

“That only signals the despair that people are facing possibly back home and the conditions that they’re facing in Libya ,” she said.

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A pod of killer whales attacked and sunk a yacht in the Strait of Gibraltar, between Spain and Morocco, officials confirmed to ABC News.

Two people were on board the vessel when the incident occurred Sunday at 9 a.m. local time, according to Spain's maritime authority.

The nearly 50-foot yacht, named The Alboran Cognac, was 15 miles from Cabo Espartel in Morocco when an unknown number of orcas began ramming it.

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Two passengers were on board the Alboran Cognac around 9 a.m. local time on Sunday when they felt sudden hits to the hull and rudder, Reuters reported, citing the maritime service. Water soon started to pour into the yacht.

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (WNCN) — Two people were rescued just before a million-dollar luxury 80-foot sport yacht sank off the coast of Florida Saturday, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The incident was reported just after 11:35 a.m. about 3 miles off St. Augustine Beach, Florida, a news release from the Coast Guard said.

The operator of the Atlantis, an 80-foot sport yacht, said their vessel struck an object in the water and was sinking, officials said.

Coast Guard Station Mayport sent a boat crew to assist. The Coast Guard also coordinated with St. John’s County Fire and Rescue, which soon arrived and plucked both people from the yacht with no injuries.

The Atlantis yacht appears to be a 1999 or early 2000s model of the Sunseeker Predator 80. A larger Sunseeker Predator – with the very unique appearance — was featured in the 2006 James Bond film Casino Royale.

A 2001 Predator that is 5 feet shorter than Atlantis, which sank Saturday, is listed for sale for $975,000.

Sunseeker Predator 80 yacht, built in the United Kingdom, can accommodate up to 6 guests in 4 staterooms, with 2 crew members aboard.

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Savvino-storozhevsky monastery and museum.

Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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