An Italian yacht scrapes against the rocks and sinks in Corsica. The crew is safe, but recovery is difficult

The accident happened in the Strait of Bonifacio, an Aicon 72 SL used for charter. A few minutes after scraping against a rock under water, it began sinking

7 August 2020 | by elora
The sunken yacht off Isola di Cavallo, in Corsica

The name of the yacht, flying under the Italian flag, which sank near Isola di Cavallo in Corsica, after scraping against a rock on the sea floor, is Regis. The vessel, a 22 metre Aicon 72 SL, was being chartered at the time, to an Italian captain, with another 11 people on board, as well as one other crew member.

While the boat, which docks in one of the marinas along the Emerald Coast, was navigating along the Strait of Bonifacio, it scraped against a rock of Isola di Cavallo. The impact collapsed a support trestle for the propeller and created a breach in the hull, so much so that the Regis quickly began taking on water. In a short time the boat began sinking from the stern, because of the weight of the water that was flooding in.

The stern of the yacht settled against the seafloor, at a point 18 metres deep, leaving only the bow out of the water.

The captain skilfully made sure everyone was safe, getting the passengers off the boat using the tender and life boats. A Gendarmerie patrol boat transported the passengers to the port of Isola di Cavallo.

The risk of serious leaking was forestalled, with only a small amount of fuel leakage, at the time of writing it has been impossible to recover the wreck due to adverse weather conditions and the strong Northwest winds blowing across that tract of the Strait.

The sunken yacht off Isola di Cavallo, in Corsica

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