Briton, 63, died from a heart attack after he was thrown into the ocean from luxury 70ft yacht as it crashed into rocks off Italy – as images reveal extent of the damage
- British man, 63, has died after 70ft luxury yacht hit rocks off Sardinia, Italy
- Briton thrown overboard as captain swerved to avoid another vessel and crashed
- Was pulled from water but suffered fatal heart attack while being taken to shore
- Six others were injured, two of them seriously, in accident at 8.40pm on Sunday
A British tourist died from a heart attack he suffered after being thrown into the ocean from a luxury yacht when it crashed into rocks off the coast of Italy yesterday.
The 63-year-old was riding aboard 70ft motor yacht ‘Amore’ – which he is thought to have owned or chartered – around 8.40pm Sunday near the Il Nibani islands, Sardinia, when the accident happened.
The ship’s captain is thought to have been trying to avoid another vessel when he slammed into the rocks, sending the British man overboard and injuring all six others on board – two of them seriously.
Two new images have laid bare the terrifying extent of the damage, showing how the bow of the boat was torn completely off by the force of the impact.
A 63-year-old Briton suffered a fatal heart attack after being thrown overboard from this 70ft motor yacht – the Amore – when it crashed off the coast of Italy
This terrifying image lays bare the full extent of the damage – with the bow of the Amore completely torn off with the force of the impact
Paint was also left imprinted on the rocks that the vessel hit, killing one and injuring six – two of them with serious wounds
A third picture also shows paint marks left imprinted on the rocks the ship hit, which are close to the city of Porto Cervo.
Nearby boats alerted coastguard to the crash, who arrived to find the Briton alive but unconscious.
A passing Maltese yacht volunteered to take him back to shore but he died en route.
Coast guards transported the rest of the wounded back to Porto Cervo, where two of them were taken to hospital in serious condition, La Stampa reported
The remaining four passengers also received emergency treatment.
The 70ft yacht was towed off rocks by coastguard vessels and impounded while an investigation is carried out.
Coast guards have also sealed off the area where the crash happened until the investigation is completed.
An autopsy is expected to be performed today.
One source said: ‘The theory is the boat that ran aground was trying frantically to steer out of the way of another which didn’t have right of way and she ended up on the rocks.’
One bystander on social media said: ‘Five ambulances around a boat last night at Porto Cervo which was towed in. Doesn’t look good.’
Vessels are showed moored in Porto Cervo late last night after the stricken craft was towed back to shore, where it was met by emergency services
The crash happened near a set of islands called Il Nibani, which are around two miles off the coast from Porto Cervo, Sardinia
The MY Amore is registered in the Italian port of Monfalcone near Trieste. However, it is unclear whether the dead Briton had chartered the vessel or owned it.
A picture of the rocks struck by the Amore was released by coastguards and white paint from her hull was clearly visible on the surface of the stones.
Today coastguard commander Francesco Colarullo told Mail Online: ‘The damaged boat was towed back to Porto Cervo and has now been seized by the local prosecutor while the investigation into what happened exactly continues.
‘It’s possible speed may have been an issue and we know that other vessels were in the area at the time and the accident may have happened while evasive action was taking place.
‘Every effort was made to save the life of the British man but there was nothing that could be done and he was unconscious when he was recovered.
‘The alarm was raised by the Amore with a mayday and they reported they were taking on water after striking rocks and a rescue operation was immediately launched.
‘Two coastguard vessels were involved as well as several other pleasure boats in the area at the time.’
A spokesman for the UK Foreign Office said: “We are providing support following a maritime accident in Sardinia, including to the family of a dual national who has died. We are in contact with the local authorities.”
The half-sunk boat is now impounded in Porto Cervo (file image) while coast guards have also cordoned off the crash site as an investigation is carried out