July 28, 2022

Super Yacht Shot and Force Collided in Turkey Drug Bust

A 27 meter super yacht named m/y Belgor with US flag was shot and later rammed by the Turkish coast guard in an anti-drug smuggling operation on the early morning of Thursday 28 July, in the coast of Yalikavak, to the North West of Bodrum, in Western Turkey.  The yacht suffered significant damage in this drug bust operation which featured four Coast Guard boats, a helicopter and an airplane. The yacht with four persons onboard was reported trying to escape into Greek waters after having collected drugs from the commercial ship Ocean Blue.  After calls for the yacht to stop, the coast guard was forced to open fire and later subdue the yacht and arrest the four persons onboard, who where found in possession of 81 kilograms of cocaine drugs, with sixty kilograms thrown into the sea during the chase, and twenty kilograms found onboard.  It is not clear if the four persons onboard the yacht are injured or not as there is mixed reports about this.
M/y Belgor is a Cantieri Navali di Lavagna Admiral 27, build in the late eighties to the early nineties to a design of Paolo Caliari.  The Admiral 27 offers an accommodation for eight guests in four cabins, with two crew cabins sleeping four, powered by twin MTU engines it reaches a thirty knots top speed.  Eleven Admiral 27 are reported to have been build with one of them reported being build of wood.

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