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48M M/Y Catches Fire off Sardinia

2 days ago, 50 miles off the coast of Costa Smeralda, fire raged and smoke billowed from 48M M/Y Lady MM.  

Thankfully the 9 crew and 8 guests who were onboard managed to evacuate the yacht, reaching the coast safely by tender.

Travelling from Capri to Porto Cervo, Lady MM sent out a distress signal at approximately 6am local time, responded to by Olbia Coast Guard who despatched two SAR patrol rescue boats and the Coast Guard helicopter to help rescue the crew and guests and start work putting out the blaze.

When rescuers arrived at the scene, they spotted an empty life raft but according to local reports, didn't hear until a few hours later that the Lady MM crew had already informed the Coast Guard that they had abandoned the yacht safely and were already heading towards the Sardinian coast in a tender. The tender subsequently located by the Coast Guard who escorted the 17 guests and crew to Siniscola port.

Local press reported that smoke and fire could be seen for miles, with clear bird's eye footage of the yacht on fire captured by helicopter camera.  

The cause of the fire currently being investigated.

We hope all guests and crew are unhurt and recovering well from their ordeal.

In the meantime... LADY MM was built by ISA yachts and designed by Walter Franchini.  A beautifully sleek 48 meter M/Y delivered in 2003, built with comfortable accommodation for 10 guests and 9 crew.

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