Luxury yacht in mystery shipwreck off Corsica

24th August 2009, Comments 0 comments

An Italian luxury yacht riddled with bullet holes was mysteriously found near Corsica while its captain is still missing.

Ajaccio – An Italian-registered luxury yacht has been found half-submerged off the coast of Corsica, riddled with what appear to be bullet holes, officials on the French Mediterranean island said on Sunday.

The 15-metre motorboat named Veduevidue was spotted Friday by a sailboat with its prow under water, in deep water off the coast from Calvi, according to an official connected with the inquiry.

Divers sent to examine the boat, which is registered in Naples in the name of an Italian company, found its portholes open, its radio equipment missing and what appeared to be bullet holes strafed along its side.

French maritime gendarmes towed the yacht to shore, and it was to be moved to a dry dock for full inspection.

Investigators were still trying to track down the Italian captain of the boat, which spent several days in Calvi over the past week.

"The boat has not been reported stolen and we found nothing at the site where it was floating to suggest there had been an accident," said the official.

"We are looking at all possibilities, including an attack at sea or a deliberate wrecking as part of an insurance scam."

AFP / Expatica

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