icon_arrow_down icon_arrow_left icon_arrow_left_large icon_arrow_right icon_arrow_right_large icon_arrow_up icon_bullet_arrow icon_call icon_close icon_facebook icon_googleplus icon_grid_off icon_instagram icon_login icon_mail icon_menu icon_message icon_minus icon_pinterest icon_plus icon_quote_end icon_quote_start icon_refresh icon_search icon_tick_on icon_twitter icon_video_play icon_youtube

Sign up to our mailing list for the latest Boat International & Events news.

SIGN UP

Missing your newsletter?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which came in to effect on the 25th May might mean that you’ve stopped receiving emails from us. To make sure you don’t miss out on any more emails from Boat International update your email preferences now.

UPDATE NOW
No, thanks

Crew rescued from Atlantic superyacht fire

Six people were rescued by the United States Coast Guard after the 33.5 metre motor yacht Miracle caught fire and became engulfed in flames in the Atlantic Ocean.

The incident happened on Monday night (March 14) as the Jamaican-flagged Miracle was said to be travelling from Fort Lauderdale in Florida to Antigua.

Reports have confirmed that fire broke out on board and rapidly spread throughout Miracle when she was approximately 70 nautical miles north of Mona Island, Puerto Rico. The catastrophic nature of the blaze forced the crew of six to abandon ship and take refuge in a 10 metre tender she was towing.

The US Coast Guard monitoring the San Juan sector received a Mayday call and immediately dispatched the fast-response cutter Joseph Napier, based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to aid the distressed yacht. In addition, the coast guard also sent an HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft to the scene.

The crew of three US citizens, two Australians and a South African — said to be five men and a woman — were all reported as being in good health. Following their rescue, they were escorted to Añasco, Puerto Rico, where they were met by Customs and Border Protection officers.

Daniel Capestany, senior chief petty officer for the US Coast Guard, said the coordinated response had delivered the boaters from the stricken Miracle to safety, and added: “This case highlights the importance of communicating distress calls via a VHF marine radio on channel 16.”

The cause of the fire is, so far, unknown and being investigated.

This is the second incident in the Caribbean this week as Positive Energy was destroyed by fire in US Virgin Islands. Earlier this year The One and Barbie were damaged by huge fire in Turkey and in separate incident Princess 95 Queen Anna caught fire in Fethiye.

Upgrade your account
Your account at BOAT International doesn't include a BOAT Pro subscription. Please subscribe to BOAT Pro in order to unlock this content.
Subscribe More about BOAT Pro