The luxury motor yacht Bellissima ran aground in Pender Harbour, British Columbia. The accident happened on east side of Malaspina Strait due to mistake of the duty officer during maneuvering at the port. The yacht stuck at Pender Harbour and suffered holes below the waterline and water ingress. The aft part of the yacht and engine compartment started flooding and captain made a mayday call to the local authorities, requesting assistance with salvage. The local coast guard search and rescue boat arrived shortly after and assisted with pumping out the water and refloating the luxury motor yacht Bellissima. The hole was patched and the yacht was anchored near the shore for further inspection.
“The vessel is currently floating at its regular height, and anchored in Pender Harbour. Canadian Coast Guard will remain on scene until the vessel is boomed off. No pollution is observed at this time”, says the official statement of the port authorities.
Fortunately none of the passengers on board were injured during the accident and there was no water pollution. Shortly after refloating the passengers left Pender Harbour on a chartered float plane, while captain and crew remained on board to coordinate the salvage and repair works.
The luxury motor yacht Bellissima has overall length of 39.00 m, moulded beam of 7.00 m and maximum draft of 2.50 m.