Salvage attempts fail on yacht Larissa destroyed by fire in Italy

31 July 2015 • Written by Risa Merl

The 23 metre motor yacht Larissa caught fire around 5 p.m. on July 18 while cruising off the coast of Tortoreto, Italy. Yesterday (July 29), a salvage company’s attempts to raise the wrecked yacht proved unsuccessful as the burned up boat broke apart during lifting.

The video below shows the yacht fire on Larissa in Italy, which is said to have started in the yacht’s engine room.

A full investigation is underway on the fire that destroyed Larissa while she was reportedly traveling from Ancona to Pescara, Italy.

According to local press, there were eight guests on board Larissa at the time of the fire, including a 12- and 14-year-old. A private boat came to the rescue of the guests on board, taking them to shore in Tortoreto.

Despite intervention from a helicopter and firefighting units sent by the Pescara fire department, the Coast Guard and the Red Cross – as seen in the video above trying to put out the fire on superyacht Larissa – she could not be saved.

After two and half hours, the fire stricken Larissa sank in seven metres of water, and anti-pollution vessels were quickly sent to control the scene.

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