New £20million superyacht destroyed by fire weeks after delivery to owner | Spain
A brand new £20million superyacht has been destroyed by fire in the Balearics just weeks after it was delivered to its multi-millionaire owner, Italian car industry boss Paolo Scudieri.
The 43.7-meter Aria SF caught fire on Thursday afternoon while anchored in Cala Saona, on the west coast of Formentera, according to Salvamento Maritimothe Spanish agency for search and rescue at sea.
The ship’s seven crew and nine passengers were uninjured and were evacuated to other nearby boats, but the Aria is believed to be unsalvageable. The cause and origin of the fire are still unknown. The yacht will be towed to Ibiza later on Friday.
The yacht, which had a gym and swimming pool and could sleep up to 10 people in five cabins, was delivered to Scudieri late last month.
Scudieri’s suite on the main deck featured a private lounge with a skylight, sundeck and direct access to an outdoor lounge via a private staircase.
The yacht, made by Italian firm ISA, was due to make its debut at the Monaco yacht show in September.
Scudieri, chairman of Adler-Hp Pelzer Group, an auto parts supplier, is estimated to have amassed a fortune of $500 million. He owns a Ferrari which he drives in the Ferrari Challenge, a series of races for Ferrari owners.
In May, an estimated £6million superyacht sank while moored at a marina in Torbay, south-west England, after firefighters battled to put out a fire on board.