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Formentera yacht engulfed in blaze

Passengers and crew scrambled to abandon ship as a 28m Astondoa yacht was destroyed in a fire whilst it was anchored off the Balearic Island…

Onlookers captured Irmao's last moments before it sank beneath the waves. Image Credit: @stevenrenes1

Another superyacht fire has made the headlines as 12 passengers and five crew were rescued following a fire that sank 28m Irmao. The boat, built by Spanish shipyard Astondoa,  was anchored off Formentera’s Es Cavall d’en Borras beach, Spain when the blaze started on Saturday (August 12th) evening. 

One of the crew, described by Spanish authorities as a 39-year-old Spaniard, suffered minor burns and needed hospital treatment. The alarm was sounded around 6pm as the coastguards were called to the natural landmark Punta de Sa Pedrera in the Ses Salines Natural Park.


“Yesterday a fire occurred on board Irmao off of Formentera. Private vessels rescued the 17 people on board,” said a Salvamento Maritimo spokesperson.  “Our centre in the Majorcan capital Palma mobilised Acrux which towed the yacht which was on fire, but it sank.”


The yacht is reportedly owned by a Spanish poker player, Diego Gomez Gonzalez, known as “The Lion”. The cause of the fire is currently unknown.

Irmao was originally delivered in 1995, designed by Nuvolari Lenard alongside the Spanish shipyard.

 

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