August 12, 2022

Storm Hits Eolian Islands, Yacht Ends Beached in Aque Calde

A storm hit the Eolian island and Southern part of the Tyrrhenian sea on the early morning of Friday twelfth August at about 0500 hours.  Result of this a dozen of cruisers and yachts ended up beached in Vulcano, with the worst hit being m/y Mambu a nineteen meter motor yacht beached in Aque Calde (Hot Waters) located on the North East part of the island.  Carrying twelve passengers at the time of the accident including two kids and a pregnant woman, the motor yacht made rescue operations rather difficult with the area where it beached being shallow and rocky.  Rescue operations where being handled by two Coast Guard boats the CP 2203 and CP 271, and a plane from the Catania Guardia Costiera operations unit. Some minor injuries to persons where reported in this storm with the worst being a helmsman of a sailing yacht which felt sick.  Salvage operation for the nineteen meter motor yacht has been difficult due to its location.
M/Y Mambu is a Cantieri Navali Liguri Ghibli 19 produced from the end eighties till about the mid nineties to order. Built in mahogany planking exterior and lamellar marine ply interior shell the Ghibli 19 offered accommodation for six in three double cabins and a two persons crew cabin forward.  The Ghibli 19 is normally powered by twin MTU 1000hp engines which give her a top speed up to thirty knots.
An Arturo Stabile Stama 28 also ended up beached in the Spiagia delle Sabbie Nere on the North West part of the island but reportedly sustained minor damage.

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