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.