Cannes superyacht tragedy: British man, 29, dies in & # 39; gruesome & # 39; collision between two luxury boats in bay outside the harbor at 9 p.m. on the last day of the film festival
- The man was a crew member aboard & # 39; Minx & # 39; yacht that collided with the ship & # 39; Vision & # 39;
- Emergency services arrived to resuscitate the man last night at 9 p.m.
- 17 passengers on both yachts were quickly evacuated to the mainland
- Maritime prosecutor in Marseille starts investigation while other crew members and passengers were interviewed
The French prosecutors opened an investigation today after a British man died after a collision between two yachts in Cannes for the resort's annual film festival.
The personnel of the maritime police and emergency services were transferred to the two ships on Saturday evening after the alarm was silenced around 9 p.m.
& # 39; Medical stuff tried to resuscitate a 29-year-old British man, but he was declared dead after a cardiac arrest & # 39 ;, a research source said.
The dead crew member lifted the anchor of the Minx when he was hit and & # 39; suffered a serious trauma &, said the research source.
& # 39; Passengers and other crew members witnessed the collision that was quite horrific & # 39 ;, the source added.
A British man died after a collision between two yachts in the bay of Cannes for the annual film festival of the resort
& # 39; A trauma unit has been set up for those who have seen what happened. Both yachts were badly damaged on their bows, but were able to sail back to the port afterwards. There was no fuel leakage. & # 39;
The victim was described as an & # 39; experienced crew member on the Minx & # 39 ;, rented out for events such as the Cannes Film Festival for € 55,000 (£ 48,000) per week, excluding food, alcohol, tips and fuel.
Both ships are marketed as Superyachts and have crews of 15.
The Minx is five years old and described as an & # 39; ideal charter yacht for socializing and entertainment with family and friends. & # 39;
An investigation has now been started by the public prosecutor in Marseille, in collaboration with the Maritime Gendarmerie Research Brigade
The Vision, which was built in 2011, had recently arrived from Monaco in Cannes.
& # 39; He was a crew member on the Minx, a yacht anchored in the bay of Cannes. The other yacht was the Vision, which was maneuvering at that time. & # 39;
It is not exactly known how the unidentified victim would die, the source said, claiming that 17 passengers on both yachts were evacuated to the mainland quickly.
The captains and other crew members of the Minx and Vision – both about 20 meters (65ft) long – have since been extensively interviewed.
An investigation has now been started by the public prosecutor in Marseille, in collaboration with the Maritime Gendarmerie Research Brigade.
The boats were just north of the Ile St Marguerite – a Mediterranean island near Cannes that is full of party yachts on weekends, especially during the film festival.
Saturday was the last day of this year's show, when stars from all over the world, including Hollywood, descended to Cannes for a week or published films, prizes and parties.
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