Yacht Accident Stories
Friday March 24, 2017



lady k_1     8th July 1996
The motor yacht Princess Tanya survived distress at sea some 40 miles off Portofino (Italy). On board were 10 guests and 17 crew members.

In rough sea, a wave set the rudder out of order. Moreover, one of her two engines also stopped working.
Thus, the captain was no longer able to manoeuvre her.
While the waves increased up to more than six meters, an Italian ferry and a towboat came along to help, and so did a helicopter of the Italian coast guard.
It took some seven hours to rescue her, and luckily no one was hurt.

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Questions of the Month

- Why an additional paragraph social media policy should be added to the crew contract ?

- Why many experienced captains are never given a chance to get a position on a 30+ m ?

- What is really covering your yacht crew member insurance ?

- During the season, is there enough time for safety drills and training ?

- Can Captains count on duty crew members at dock in case of emergency ?



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