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M/Y Koi Catches Fire and Sinks

Sep 12th 17


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


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


According to the report, the fire began in the engine room and spread across the ship within minutes. As of 11 p.m., the yacht was still flaming 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 for pollution.   


[Photo: Tourist fisherman Michalis Messoloras via ImeraZante] 


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