Yacht set ablaze off Italian coast


The 27m (88ft) superyacht M/Y Naseem has sunk five miles off Puglia, southern Italy, after being engulfed by flames. Italian publication Daily Nautica reported that all crew was rescued by the Italian Coast Guard.

Alarms were raised late in the night of May 12th as the fire brigade received a call from the crew. The Lecce fire department dispatched  an emergency team by motorboat  from Taranto, along with a patrol boat from the local port authority.

After rescuing the three crew members, the team fought the blaze until the early hours of the following morning. Despite their efforts,  the vessel eventually sank.

The cause of the fire is unknown.  The Italian Maritime Authority is investigating the incident and has already interviewed the three crew  including the captain.

Built in 2009, Naseem was designed by Studio Nuvolari & Lenard. It was a Dominator 860 model, with customisations by T4 Design. Chartering the vessel for a week  would cost between $45,000 and $52,000, for the low and high season respectively, according to Perfect Yacht Charter.