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Union supports superyacht crews following French fatal collision

28 May 2019

Nautilus International has noted the quick reaction of the Marine Accidents Investigation Branch (MAIB) in opening an investigation following a collision between two superyachts in the south of France on Saturday 25 May 2019.

A 29-year-old British crew member working onboard UK-registered 26.5m motoryacht M/Y Minx suffered fatal injuries and a cardiac arrest, after another 27m motoryacht, the M/Y Vision is said to have struck the vessel he was working on in the Bay of Cannes.

According to online reports, the bow of the Minx has been badly damaged but damage to the Vision has been less severe.

French prosecutors are investigating the collision, which happened on the last night of the Canne's annual film festival.

Nautilus head of recruitment and membership Derek Byrne said: 'We will be looking closely at the findings of the French authorities and the MAIB following their investigations. It is encouraging to see the matter being investigated so swiftly and we hope that the family of the deceased seafarer are being supported by his employer.

'Whilst only limited advice and guidance can be provided to non-members, we would urge anyone affected by the incident to get in touch with us as we may be able to help.'


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