on 12 Aug 2022
The 45-metre Aria SF left the yard last month, and was to make its world debut in Cannes in September
A 45-metre superyacht has caught fire off the coast of Formentera in Spain, just weeks before making its world debut at Cannes.
Local news outlets report that the ISA motoryacht Aria SF made a distress call at 5pm local time Thursday. Two boats were sent out to offer help to the stricken vessel. While it was not possible to extinguish the flames before they destroyed the yacht, a total of nine guests and seven crew were all successfully evacuated, with no injuries reported.
Incendio yate de 40 metros en Formentera pic.twitter.com/77yNRrRTSx
— nachocandel (@nachocandel_) August 11, 2022
A video shared to Twitter by @nachocandel_ shows the yacht ablaze, with large plumes of black smoke rising into the sky. Reports say the yacht was burning for at least three hours.
The cause of the fire is not yet known, and investigations are ongoing.
Aria SF was built by Italian builder ISA and first sold in March 2019. The 43.7-metre yacht has a gross tonnage of 432 GT, and space to accommodate 10 guests. It left the shipyard in July this year and was the first hull in the ISA GT 45 series. Aria SF and was set to make its world debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September, followed by an appearance at Monaco Yacht Show.
The yacht will be towed to Ibiza once all flames have been extinguished.