This is the dramatic moment a £20million superyacht went up in flames – just a month after her multimillionaire owner bought her.
An unstoppable inferno engulfed the 150-foot ship off the coast of Formentera on Thursday afternoon, wrecking the luxury liner.
Plumes of black smoke billowed across the Mediterranean Sea as the fire ripped through the flamboyant superyacht in front of horrified locals.
Skippers in Cala Saona on the west coast of the idyllic island watched helplessly as the passengers disembarked in despair.
Footage of the fiery incident shows most of the exorbitant Aria SF engulfed in flames as it smolders under the Spanish sun.
The Megabucks yacht left the shipyard just last month after being sold to wealthy Italian entrepreneur Paulo Scudieri in 2019.
Just weeks after being handed over to its new owner, it has now been decimated by the scorching flames.
The Spanish Coast Guard frantically dispatched two lifeboats to the area as the nine passengers and seven crew on board disembarked.
They placed a mayday call around 5 p.m. local time after failing to put out the wildfire.
Everyone on board the £20million vessel is understood to have safely evacuated the superyacht with no injuries reported.
Dense black smoke from the inferno could be seen as far as the neighboring island of Ibiza.
The cause of the fire is currently unknown, but investigations into the cause of the fire are ongoing.
The incident will certainly hit the owner, the wealthy businessman Scudieri, who had barely fallen into the water with his new toy when it was destroyed.
The 61-year-old is CEO of auto interiors manufacturer Gruppo Addler, which his father Achille founded in 1956.
His net worth is reported to be a staggering £410million.
The Naples-based father of four is Monaco’s Tourism Ambassador and founder of a group that owns 19 restaurants in Italy.
It wasn’t immediately clear if he was on board the burning boat, although specialist yacht websites say the vessel is not currently available for charter.
The ablaze superyacht, which boasted a swimming pool, five bedrooms and a gym, was set to make her official debut at the Cannes Yachting Festival later this year.
It is believed to have been towed to Ibiza by a Coast Guard vessel after the flames were put out.
A Spanish Coast Guard spokesman confirmed after the fire was nearly extinguished late Thursday: “The seven crew members and nine passengers are all safe.
“They were evacuated onto a police boat. The fire is almost out now.
“Two Coast Guard vessels, Salvamar Acrux and Guardamar Concepcion Arenal, were mobilized by our coordination center in Palma, Mallorca, after an alarm was sounded around 5pm on Thursday.”
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