Spain: Italian businessman’s £20m yacht catches fire just weeks after purchase
A £20million (1,93,36,95,105) superyacht owned by Italian businessman Paolo Scudieri was destroyed by fire on August 11 in the Balearic Islands. The incident took place just weeks after Adler-Hp Pelzer Group Chairman Scudieri received the yacht. The 43.7m Aria SF was anchored in Cala Saona on the west coast of Formentera in Spain when it caught fire, The Guardian reported citing Spanish maritime search and rescue agency Salvamento Maritimo.
In the video viewed by Republic Media Network, plumes of smoke were seen coming from the superyacht. The cause of the superyacht fire is not yet known. After noticing the fire in the yacht, Salvamento Maritimo dispatched the Civil Guard vessel and the Guardamar Concepcion Arenal to help evacuate passengers and crew, El Pais reported. The superyacht had seven crew members and nine passengers on board when the fire occurred. Initially, crew members remained on board to contain the fire while passengers were evacuated to other boats. Crew members were also evacuated when the fire reignited in the yacht. However, everyone was evacuated to nearby boats with no injuries.
Marine rescue personnel attempted to extinguish the fire
Maritime rescue personnel made efforts to control the fire on the superyacht. Notably, the yacht was delivered to Italian car industry boss Paolo Scudieri late last month and it was purchased by him in April, El Pais quoted Superyacht Times as saying. The superyacht included five cabins, a gym and a swimming pool and could accommodate up to 10 people. According to the report, the Paolo Scudieri suite which was located on the main deck had a private lounge with skylight, a terrace and direct access to the outdoor lounge. The yacht was manufactured by Italian company ISA and was due to debut at the Monaco yacht show in September.