The Greek Coast Guard has reported motor yacht YOGI, a 62 meter Mediterranean yacht charter vessel has sunk off the coast of Greece this past Friday morning. No one was injured as all crew were rescued.
Built less than a year ago in Turkey by Proteksan Turquoise, motor yacht YOGI was reported to be in trouble Friday morning in the area between the islands of Skyros and Psara, 19 nautical miles off the coast.
……………..the crew onboard motoryacht YOGI as they await rescue by the Greek Coast Guard
A, “mechanical failure” has been blamed for the incident which occurred in strong seas and Force 8 winds. There were no reports of injuries as all 8 French crewmembers were rescued by three Greek Coast Guard helicopters, supported by a frigate from the Hellenic Navy. The crew was transferred to Skyros Health Center as a precautionary measure.
Motoryacht YOGI had just completed warranty work in Turkey, and was en route to her berth in the south of France. Capt. Jean Louis Carrel told Greek authorities that although the weather was rough, he believed the sinking was due to a mechanical failure with the exhaust system.
On Saturday, Mehmet Karabeyoglu, head of Proteksan Turquoise, the yacht’s builder, commented: “What I find surprising is that [from] the first mayday call to the boat sinking was nearly seven hours. They had power as you can see lights on [in the photos and video shot by the Hellenic rescue team].”
Ask whether any warranty work was done on the engines or exhaust systems, Karabeyoglu said, “She was just repainted, but we did no work in the engine room as it was perfect. No mechanical work other than routine service of the Cat engines. Perhaps they took bad fuel when they refueled in Istanbul.”
Proteksan Turquoise yacht YOGI was built in 2011 to ABS +A1, +AMS standards and was classed as Commercial Yachting Service (E). Her stunning profile and interior was designed by Jean Guy Verges, who has designed six other builds by the Turkish-based yard. This was the second of three superyacht vessels delivered by Proteksan in 2011.
Editor’s note: SailAway Yacht Charter Consultants‘ sources learned today that a purchase offer had been made just days before the incident and had been expected to be presented to the owner…