Tragedy of superyacht in Cannes: British man, 29, dies in a horrific collision & # 39; between two luxury boats on the bay outside the port at 9 pm on the last day of the film festival
- & # 39; Experienced & # 39; member of the crew of the British yacht dies after suffering "severe trauma"
- He was aboard the yacht? Minx & # 39; which collided with & # 39; Vision & # 39; in the Bay of Cannes
- Emergency services arrived to try to resuscitate the man at 9 pm last night
- 17 passengers on both yachts were quickly evacuated to the mainland
- Maritime prosecutor in Marseille launches investigation as other crew members and passengers were interviewed
A member of the crew of the British superiate died after suffering a "serious trauma" due to a collision between two ships on the last day of Cannes.
The dead crewman was picking up Minx's anchor when he was hit and "suffered a serious trauma," the investigator said.
French prosecutors opened an investigation today after a Briton died after a collision between two yachts in Cannes for the resort's annual film festival.
"Medical material tried to resuscitate a 29-year-old British man, but he was pronounced dead after cardiac arrest," a research source said.
"The passengers and other crew members witnessed the collision which was quite awful," the source added.
A Briton died after a collision between two yachts in the bay of Cannes for the annual film festival of the resort
"A trauma unit was set up for those who saw what happened." Both yachts were heavily damaged in their bows, but were able to navigate back to the harbor afterwards.There was no fuel leak.
The victim was described as an "experienced crew member at Minx," which is rented for events such as the Cannes Film Festival for € 55,000 (£ 48,000) per week, excluding food, alcohol, tips and fuel.
Both vessels are marketed as superiates and have crews of 15.
The Minx is five years old and is described as an "ideal charter yacht for socializing and entertaining with family and friends".
An investigation has now been initiated by the Maritime Prosecutor of Marseille, in conjunction with the Brigade of Investigation of the Maritime Gendarmerie.
Vision, which was built in 2011, had recently arrived in Cannes, Monaco.
"He was a member of the crew at Minx, a yacht moored in the bay area of Cannes. The other yacht involved was Vision, which was at the time maneuvering.
It is not known exactly how the unidentified victim died, the source said, adding that 17 passengers on both yachts were "soon evacuated to the mainland."
The captains and other crew members of Minx and Vision – both about 20 meters long – were interviewed at length.
An investigation has now been initiated by the Maritime Prosecutor of Marseille, together with the Maritime Gendarmerie Research Brigade.
The boats were north of the Ile St Marguerite – a Mediterranean island near Cannes, full of party yachts at the weekend, especially during the film festival.
Saturday was the last day of this year's show, when stars from around the world, including Hollywood, arrive in Cannes for a week or launch movies, awards and parties.