On September 7 , the 40 meter long yacht Kanga caught fire in the Adriatic Sea off Dubrovnik, Croatia. The yacht had 9 passengers and 4 crew on board when an electrical short ignited a fire on board the vessel. The crew was unable to contain the blaze and requested assistance from the local fire brigades in Dubrovnik and from the island of Mljet. The crew and passengers on board the Kanga were safely evacuated while fire fighters worked to contain the fire. The fire would be eventually contained by the next day, but 3 fire fighters were injured. The Kanga suffered extensive damage with its superstructure destroyed and much of the hull damaged.
Authorities had the hull towed to Prapanto where the fire re-ignited again. Reports state the second fire was quickly controlled. Authorities have dispatched a response boat to the area to contain any pollution released.
The 30 meter long luxury yacht Bellissima struck rocks near Pender Harbour, British Columbia, Canada. The yacht had struck rocks near Daniel Point resulting in uncontrolled water ingress in the stern of the vessel. The crew sent out a distress call and entered Pender Harbour. Local Coast Guard vessels arrived on scene and attempted to dewater the yacht using two large pumps. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities had booms placed around the vessel as a precaution. Reports state that flooding was brought under control and the situation was stabilized.
The 18 meter long Clipper 60 class sailing vessel CV24 – LMAX Exchange ran aground near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The racing yacht struck a sandy outcrop. The yacht suffered minor damage limited to the vessel’s starboard rudder. No reports of injuries or pollution released. Reports state the yacht was secured by anchor until equipment could be brought on scene to refloat her.