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Dramatic moment 150ft superyacht erupts in flames before sinking off Sardinia

A huge luxury yacht has been filmed bursting into flames off the coast of Italian island Sardinia before sinking into the depths of the ocean.

The Italian Coast Guard filmed the dramatic demise of the superyacht in the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Their video begins with a thick cloud of smoke billowing out of the vessel, named Lady MM, while flames can also be seen.

It then cuts to show the destruction the fire has caused – with practically the entire ship gutted and reduced to its skeleton and bones.

Eventually, the yacht succumbs to the water and all that is left is smoke coming from the surface.

The vessel was heading from Capri to Sardinia when it caught fire.

After the nearby Guardia Costiera station picked up a distress signal 50 miles off Capo Comino in Sardinia, a rescue helicopter and two patrol boats were dispatched immediately.

The nine crew members and eight Kazakh nationals on board had already abandoned ship and were waiting on a life raft when they arrived.

They were taken to shore and no injuries were reported.

At roughly 5.30pm – nearly 12 hours after the initial distress signal – the yacht sank.

According to SuperYacht Times, the 48-metre vessel was built in 2003 and featured a whole host of luxurious amenities inside.

As well as four bedrooms, there was an on-deck jacuzzi, a gym, and a cherry wood and onyx fireplace.

It comes after a yacht was filmed ablaze at Dubai Marina with smoke billowing into the sky. Onlookers said the smoke had smelt like “plastic”.

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