Greek news outlets – and photos from witnesses – have revealed a significant fire has taken place aboard the 35m motoryacht, Koi, which has subsequently sunk in Greek waters.
One local news outlet, ImerZante, reported that an alarm was signalled at 8.45am on Saturday 9 September, when thick smoke appeared in the area between Kefalonia and Zakynthos.
The crew, of four men and three women, was rescued by a fishing vessel called Afroditi, which transported them to Agio Nikolais port in northern Zakynthos. Fortunately, no-one was hurt in the accident.
The report suggests that the fire began in the engine room, travelling across the ship within minutes, and that a floating fire brigade arrived from Patras at 12.45pm and attempted to put the fire out.
The yacht is said to have been travelling from Malta, where it left on Thursday, to Itea for a charter.
The local area is now being monitored very closely for pollution.
SuperyachtNews has approached multiple sources and remains awaiting verification of the above details, and will reveal more information as and when it becomes available.
Image credits: Michalis Messoloras and Michalis Giafis