Fire hits yacht that belonged to French tycoon off Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia — A multi-million-dollar cruising luxury yacht that when came from French magnate Bernard Tapie increased in flames off Malaysia Thursday, with firemens fighting for hours to put out the blaze.
Coastguards stated they looked out to the fire on the 75-meter (246-foot) Phocea simply after 8:00 a.m. (0000 GMT) when it was off the resort island of Langkawi.
Seven team members were saved from the vessel without suffering injuries, stated coastguard authorities Mohamad Zawawi Abdullah, however firemens were still fighting to snuff out the blaze at night.
The four-masted luxury yacht was developed for popular French sailor Alain Colas in 1976 and was owned by Tapie in the 1980s and 90s.
It was later on offered to a rich Lebanese female for 36.5 million francs (7.5 million euros at present worths), according to media reports.
Tapie is a previous Socialist minister who increased from modest starts to develop a sporting and media empire however later on dealt with a string of legal issues.
He had actually succeeded in the early part of his profession by taking control of stopping working business and flaunted his wealth. As well as the luxury yacht, he purchased a football group.