A 27m yacht sank just 200m from Paloma Beach near Nice

French Police have

launched an investigation after an anchored super yacht sank just 200

metres from the shore near Nice. Four people were aboard the 27-metre (88ft) Vals II

when it started to take on water, but all crew and guests managed to escape before she went

down off Paloma beach.

Trapped air kept her bow

above the water, and the Gendarme Maritime of Nice and Municipal Police from

Saint Jean Cap Ferrat placed floating booms around the scene to prevent possible

pollution from the estimated 6,000 litres of fuel aboard.
Vals II
was built in

1995 by Istanbul-based Proteksan Turquoise and is reported to have recently had her interior completely refurbished.

“It was about

three o’clock in the morning when, due to a leak, probably at one of the

engines, our yacht quickly filled with water”, said one of Val II’s crew.

“Although we operated two large bildge pumps, we couldn’t manage to stop the flood”.