Balearic Islands’ Formentera lights up as £20m superyacht catches fire

Formentera in the Balearic Islands lights up as a £20million superyacht bursts into flames. Image: SALVAMENTO MARÍTIMO/Twitter

The brand new 43.7m Superyacht ‘Aria SF’ was destroyed in a fire off Cala Saona, Formentera in Spain.

Formentera Maritime Rescue confirmed the news on Thursday August 11 in a post on Twitter which read: “Salvamar Acrux and Guardamar Concepción Arenal, from our coordination center in Palma, have been mobilized in the area”.

The Guardia Civil were contacted when smoke appeared from the yacht around 5.00pm on Thursday August 11.

The smoke was visible from as far away as Ibiza, Diario de Ibiza confirmed.

A spokesman for the Spanish coast guard confirmed that the seven crew members and nine passengers were all safe and had been evacuated on a police boat.

Paolo Scuderi, Monaco Tourism Ambassador, 61, bought the yacht in 2019 but only left the yard last month

Paolo currently lives in Naples and is the founder of a group that owns 19 restaurants in Italy.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.

The Spanish island of Formentera belongs to the Balearic Islands, which also include the islands of Majorca, Menorca and Ibiza. With its area of ​​only 83 square kilometers, it is the smallest of all and it is located south of Ibiza.

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