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
[Photo: Tourist fisherman Michalis Messoloras via ImeraZante]