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14 of the biggest superyacht disasters

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Elsa runs aground in the Caribbean

Photo: Dockwalk / Guenter

The 48.53 metre Sijperda yacht Elsa ran aground on the Caribbean island of Saba on March 22, with local reports suggesting that she is at risk of sinking. As the video below shows, she became stuck on the rocks near the coast of Ladder Bay, where large waves have been washing against her starboard side.

Local publication Saba News reports that salvage efforts began on March 28 and the first priority is to safely remove all of the fuel from the yacht, which can carry up to 41,000 litres of diesel. It is currently unclear how Elsa came to run aground in this way, but it is understood that no-one was injured as a result of the incident.

Watch as large waves wash against stranded yacht Elsa

Launched in 2004 as Grace and refitted in 2007, this steel hulled displacement yacht was sold as recently as August 2015. Designed inside and out by World Superyacht Awards judge Henk Koster, she boasts accommodation for ten guests and seven crewmembers.

The grounding of Elsa is the second such incident to occur in Ladder Bay in the past month, after a sailing yacht ran aground in a nearby location on March 13. Salvage efforts were successful and the yacht was refloated on March 18.

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