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Video captures 130-foot superyacht sinking off southern coast of Italy

A superyacht sank off the southern coast of Italy over the weekend of Aug. 20 in a spectacular capsizing captured on video and shared on Twitter by the Italian coast guard.

The video compilation shows the My Saga , a roughly 130-foot boat, struggling against the waves before slowly sinking into the water.

The yacht was sailing from the town of Gallipoli to Milazzo, Sicily, on Aug. 20, local news outlets reported, when it began to take on water and eventually sank some hours later about nine nautical miles off the port of Catanzaro.

All crew members and passengers were rescued and uninjured, the coast guard said on Twitter. It said it launched an investigation to determine what happened.

Nei giorni scorsi, la #GuardiaCostiera di #Crotone ha coordinato operazioni di salvataggio di passeggeri ed equipaggio di uno yacht di 40m, affondato a 9 miglia al largo di #CatanzaroMarina . Avviata inchiesta amministrativa per individuarne le cause. #SAR #AlServizioDegliAltri pic.twitter.com/kezuiivqsM — Guardia Costiera (@guardiacostiera) August 22, 2022

The My Saga first reported a problem on Aug. 20 after setting sail from Gallipoli , on Italy’s southeastern peninsula, according to the country’s National Associated Press Agency (ANSA). Patrol boats from the Italian coast guard in Crotone and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) were dispatched to the scene.

They found the ship taking on water from its stern. Five people — four passengers and a member of the crew — were initially rescued on a Romanian patrol boat acting on behalf of Frontex. They were then transferred to the coast guard boat and taken to Catanzaro.

According to an Italian official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of an ongoing investigation, the My Saga flew a Cayman Islands flag and was owned by a Danish company. The group on board when the boat took on water included six Italian nationals, two Danish citizens and a South African national, the person said.

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The owner contracted a towing company to attempt to rescue the ship, according to the official. A tugboat, the Alessandro Second, arrived and took the four remaining crew members — including the captain — onboard before beginning to tow the ship toward Crotone. But bad weather made the process difficult, as did the position of the yacht, which was tilted into the water.

Eventually, the tugboat abandoned the yacht, and it sank into the Gulf of Squillace. The coast guard took the remaining crew members to Catanzaro.

It’s not the first time a sinking yacht has captured attention on the internet. In May, rapper Cardi B posted footage on social media of a yacht sinking near her hotel while she was on vacation in an unknown location. The artist could be heard screaming as she asked whether there wasn’t a “big boat that could save it.” Eventually, she said “bye-bye” as it disappeared into the water. She later clarified that no one was onboard .

I can’t believe I’m actually watching a yacht sink pic.twitter.com/dLL3ZJJv9R — Cardi B (@iamcardib) May 28, 2022

The same month, passersby watched as another multimillion-dollar yacht, the Rendezvous, sank in Torquay Harbor, a marina in southwestern England, after a fire broke out onboard. Authorities warned of potential air and water pollution because the yacht carried about nine metric tons of diesel.

And earlier this month, the 145-foot Aria SF caught fire off the Balearic island of Formentera in Spain in an incident that was also captured on camera and shared widely on social media. Those onboard were evacuated, and no one was hurt, the Guardian reported . The roughly $23 million yacht had reportedly just been delivered to its owner.

Chico Harlan contributed to this report.

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Dramatic footage has captured the moment a 40-metre superyacht sank into the Mediterranean sea after being battered in a storm.

The 40-metre-long luxury vessel was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo overnight on Saturday when it got into trouble around 15km from Italy’s Catanzaro Marina.

Footage shows the yacht, named My Saga, rapidly disappearing beneath waves, as lifeboats appear to float beside it.

The captain sent out a distress call to the Port Authority of Crotone, with officials told the yacht was taking on a significant amount of water from the stern.

The Italian coastguard dispatched two patrol vessels and rescued all four passengers and five crew members on board.

A tugboat sent out at dawn was unable to save the superyacht from sinking because of worsening weather conditions, the Super Yacht Times reports. The Saga finally sank at around 1pm on Sunday.

The outlet reports the yacht, which was built in Monaco back in 2007, was flying under the Cayman Islands flag with an all-Italian crew when it sunk.

An investigation has been launched into the cause.

It comes after a £6 million superyacht sunk after it went up in flames in the UK on the Torquay harbourside.

The 85ft vessel was consumed by fire , with thick black smoking billowing into the sky.

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The yacht reportedly drifted out into the harbour after the fire burnt through ropes securing it to the pier, but the vessel was later secured by the fire service.

A fire service statement revealed that the vessel contained approximately 8000 litres of diesel fuel.

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Dramatic video captures the moment a massive 40-meter superyacht sank off the coast of Italy

  • A superyacht sunk off the coast of Southern Italy over the weekend.
  • Video of the boat's demise showed the ship sinking stern-first with its bow straight in the air.
  • The Italian Coast Guard rescued nine people from the ship before it submerged.

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A superyacht measuring nearly 130 feet sunk off the coast of southern Italy on Saturday, after members of the Italian Coast Guard rescued nine people from the submerging ship.

This weekend, the Italian press reported that the 39.4-meter motor yacht named "My Saga" sunk off the coast of Catanzaro Marina.

Video from the scene shows the massive boat teetering into the water before fully sinking stern-first.

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Sky News reported that worsening weather conditions rendered it impossible for a rescue tugboat to bring the yacht to safety.

An investigation into what caused the ship to sink is underway, the outlet reported. 

The yacht was built in Italy in 2007, according to Super Yacht Times, and was traveling from Gallipoli to Milazzo under a Cayman Islands flag with a full Italian crew when it sunk. 

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Dramatic video captures the moment a massive 40-meter superyacht sank off the coast of Italy

  • A superyacht sunk off the coast of Southern Italy over the weekend.
  • Video of the boat's demise showed the ship sinking stern-first with its bow straight in the air.

A superyacht measuring nearly 130 feet sunk off the coast of southern Italy on Saturday, after members of the Italian Coast Guard rescued nine people from the submerging ship.

This weekend, the Italian press reported that the 39.4-meter motor yacht named "My Saga" sunk off the coast of Catanzaro Marina.

Video from the scene shows the massive boat teetering into the water before fully sinking stern-first.

—Sky News (@SkyNews) August 22, 2022

Sky News reported that worsening weather conditions rendered it impossible for a rescue tugboat to bring the yacht to safety.

An investigation into what caused the ship to sink is underway, the outlet reported.

The yacht was built in Italy in 2007, according to Super Yacht Times, and was traveling from Gallipoli to Milazzo under a Cayman Islands flag with a full Italian crew when it sunk.

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Footage captured the calamitous moment that a massive superyacht named “007” sank — with five passengers inside — in Greece

The maritime disaster occurred Friday night after the 160-foot vessel, which reportedly sails under a British flag but is owned by a Swiss businessman, experienced a GPS malfunction off Kythos Island, SWNS reported. This reportedly prompted the captain to bring it closer to shore than was advisable.

As a result, the James Bond-themed luxury boat hit the rocks, and began taking on water with five passengers inside.

“In trying not to be sunk, he sailed closer to shore, in less than 10 meters depth — and that’s how the ship got to that position,” explained a boat owner who witnessed the catastrophe.

Accompanying footage, uploaded to YouTube, shows the swanky vessel, which sports a helipad, lying half-sunken on its side around 50 feet from the nearby Kolona Beach.

The pleasure cruiser hit the rocks off Kythos Island, Greece at around 11pm on Friday.

Thankfully, all five passengers were rescued and transported to safety before the “007” sank. “No people were hurt,” described the aforementioned eyewitness. “The coastguard was immediately aware and sent help in the night.”

Rescuers also erected an anti-pollution perimeter in the area, although there was reportedly “no diesel leakage or damage to the scenery,” the bystander said.

The luxury vessel boasted a helipad, five cabins including a master suite, and other features befitting its James Bond namesake.

Local authorities will launch a probe into the sinking of the “007,” which was delivered in 2006 by the Bodrum-based shipyard Aegean Yacht, but whose owner remains unknown.

Along with a helipad, the superyacht reportedly boasts five cabins, including a master suite, and can reportedly sleep ten people.

This isn’t the first time a luxury vessel has visited Davy Jones’ locker of late. Last month, heart-pounding footage emerged of a 130-foot superyacht capsizing and sinking stern-first into the water off the Italian coast.

In February, a Ukrainian man was arrested for partially sinking his Russian tycoon boss’s $7.7 million luxury super yacht in Spain in protest over the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine.

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A 40-meter-long (131-foot) superyacht capsized nine miles off the coast of Catanzaro, Italy on Saturday.

Shocking footage released by the Italian coast guard shows the vessel, named My Saga, sinking stern-first near the Catanzaro Marina.

According to the BBC , "the Italian coast guard rescued all nine people on board – four passengers and five crew. The outlet reported the ship was heading from Gallipoli to Milazzo.

An investigation of the incident is ongoing and it is still unclear what caused the yacht to sink.

In the video tweeted by the Italian coast guard, the yacht is seen floating on its side amid rough waters before its rear starts dipping into the Ionian Sea.

The footage cuts to the vessel then halfway submerged in the water before it quickly vanishes beneath the surface.

Along with the video, the coast guard wrote a caption. Translated from Italian it reads, "In recent days, the #GuardiaCostiera of #Crotone coordinated rescue operations for passengers and crew of a 40m yacht, which sank 9 miles off the coast of #CatanzaroMarina. Administrative investigation was launched to identify the causes."

My Saga was designed by Tim Heywood and Jean-Marc Achy. It was equipped "with a teak deck, a steel hull, and aluminum superstructure," according to the London-based luxury lifestyle publisher, BOAT International .

The superyacht boasted six cabins that could accommodate up to 12 guests and eight crew members.

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The expensive-looking mega yacht disappeared beneath the waves

This is the moment a massive and expensive superyacht sank off the Italian coast over the weekend.

The Italian Coast Guard had to be called to coordinate the rescue of passengers and crew members from the 40-metre (131-foot) luxury vessel after it began sinking in the Ionian Sea.

The horrifying footage shows how the boat slipped beneath the waves.

It came into difficultly around 15km (nine miles) off the coast of Catanzaro, on its way from Gallipoli to Milazzo.

All four passengers and five crew members were safely rescued, but worsening weather conditions made it impossible to tow the ship to the port, the Coast Guard said.

It remains unclear why the ship sank, and the Coast Guard said an investigation was underway.

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According to the Super Yacht Times , the vessel called My Saga was travelling from Gallipoli in Turkey to Milazzo in Italy and was spotted flying a Cayman Islands flag.

Four passengers and five crew were rescued before the ship submerged into the sea and no injuries were reported.

The Italian coast guard said in a tweet: "In recent days, the Guardia Costiera of Crotone coordinated the rescue operations of passengers and crew of a 40m yacht, which sank 9 miles offshore of Catanzaro Marina."

They added: "Administrative investigation launched to identify the causes."

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According to reports, the captain sent out a distress call late at night during a storm because the ship was taking on a significant amount of water.

The superyacht, which was built in 2007, has room for up to 12 guests on board alongside accommodation for 7 crew members including the captain.

It comes after a British man died and six other people were injured when a luxury yacht smashed into rocks in Sardinia three weeks ago.

The 63-year-old, who has not been named but is understood to be the owner of the 70ft Magnum-type motor yacht involved in the crash, was killed in the accident around 8.40pm yesterday near Porto Cervo, in Sardinia.

It is thought the vessel - carrying a total of seven people - was swerving to avoid another boat near a group of islands known as Il Nibani that lie just off the coast when it hit the rocks and half-sunk, La Stampa reports.

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Watch: 40-metre superyacht sinks off Italian coast

The moment a 40-metre superyacht sank off the coast of southern Italy was captured on video.

Footage released by the Italian Coast Guard shows the luxury yacht, 'Saga,' sinking about nine nautical miles off the coast of Catanzaro in the Ionian Sea.

The vessel, flying the Cayman Island flag, was sailing from Gallipoli to Milazzo, Sicily, on Aug. 20 when it went down.

All the crew members and passengers aboard the yacht were rescued, and an investigation is underway, the Coast Guard said.

Watch the video at the top of this article.

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The whole thing was caught on camera, CNN reported .

Authorities are trying to figure out what led to a spectacular superyacht suddenly sinking into the sea 9 miles off the coast of Italy.

Shocking video showing the impressive vessel slowly disappearing was shared by the Italian Coast Guard, who had rescued nine people off the vessel as it began to sink.

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Superyacht sinking off Italian coast caught on video

Italian coast guard rescued 4 passengers and 5 crew members from my saga superyacht.

Superyacht sinking off Italian coast caught on video

The Italian Coast Guard captured the moment a 130-foot superyacht sank into the Mediterranean Sea

Footage captured the moment disaster struck off the Italian coast.

The Italian Coast Guard released videos of 130-foot superyacht My Saga sinking into the Mediterranean Sea.

The yacht was cruising from Gallipoli to Milazzo when it began taking on water at the stern Saturday evening.

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The yacht is shown listing heavily to starboard. (Italian Coast Guard)

After receiving a distress call, the Coast Guard dispatched two patrol vessels to rescue the nine people on board, and a tugboat to tow the vessel back to port in Crotone.

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During the rescue operation, the vessel was partly submerged and listed to starboard — nine miles off the coast of Catanzaro Marina. 

Footage captured what happened next as the vessel’s bow went up into the air. Rescuers forfeited the operation and the steel-hulled yacht rapidly disappeared beneath the waves stern-first.

My Saga superyacht sinks off italian coast

The yacht lists heavily to starboard before submerging underwater. (Italian Coast Guard)

The Italian Coast Guard reported that harsh weather and sea conditions, in addition to the increasing incline of the vessel on its starboard, made retrieving My Saga "impractical."

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The yacht rapidly sank underwater stern-first. (Italian Coast Guard)

My Saga was the first yacht of its caliber that Monaco Yachting and Technologies had built by 2007. The yacht was purchased by an undisclosed owner in 2022, according to SuperYacht Times.

The Italian Coast Guard has launched an "administrative investigation" to identify the cause of the incident, according to a translation of the Coast Guard’s Facebook post.

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Superyacht worth £6m sinks in Torquay Harbour after setting on fire

Fire crews battled the blaze on the 85ft yacht for hours as witnesses reported minor explosions

A superyacht estimated to be worth £6m has sunk after firefighters battled to extinguish a fire on the vessel while it was moored in a marina in south-west England.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service (DSFRS) said there was approximately 8,000 litres of fuel on the 85ft boat that led to people being evacuated from the marina in Torquay.

By around 6pm, the fire was out and crews were working on damping down the pier, a DSFRS spokesperson said.

The spokesperson added: “The boat has been sunk so it [the fire] is out now. It’s been handed over now to the Environment Agency and the harbourmaster.”

Fire crews were called just before midday on Saturday to reports of the yacht on fire. More than two hours after the incident it was still ablaze as multiple fire crews attempted to put out the fire.

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At 3pm the fire service advised all residents in the area near the marina to keep their windows and doors closed due to “noxious fumes”, adding: “Crews are making steady progress extinguishing the fire.”

Crews used the harbour masters boat to help try to put out the flames.

No injuries have been reported. The Environment Agency South West said the focus had shifted to “pollution response” after the boat went under.

It tweeted: “Our officers have been checking air quality around Torquay harbour this afternoon following the yacht fire, which was declared a major incident.

“Thought to be no real issues with air quality, but we’re keeping an eye on the situation.

“With yacht now sunk, and with (approximately nine) tonnes of diesel on board, focus now on pollution. Pollution response led by harbour master. Our officers are helping with advice and guidance on bathing water quality etc.”

The coastguard area commander for South Devon and South East Cornwall coastline said it was assisting Devon and Cornwall police in closing Torquay seafront.

Witnesses reported “thick acrid plumes of smoke bellowing from Torquay Harbour”.

Georgina Cleasby, who was cycling home when she saw the fire, told ITV : “We stood and watched for around 10 minutes until the smoke began to affect our chests.”

“There was so much smoke it obscured the sun. We heard a few minor explosions and could also see flames.”

Grace Kedzior-Macdonough, 20, was visiting the seaside town with her partner when she heard “bangs or explosions” coming from the harbour.

She told the PA news agency she saw crew in neighbouring vessels spraying hoses to stop them catching alight as the fire was “spitting” flames out on to the water.

“We were just confused at first because we were just sat round the harbour and there was just this black smoke coming from nowhere.

“It was just getting worse because it broke off from the harbour because the ropes burned off and that’s when it travelled down the bridge.”

Devon and Cornwall police previously said the boat was “well alight and had broken from the mooring” but had since been secured by the fire service.

They said nearby beaches were also being evacuated for public safety and there were multiple road closures in place, including along the promenade and waterfront areas and parts of Torbay Road, Belgrave Road and Shedden Hill.

Fire services said the cause of the fire was unknown and that an investigation will follow.

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Oh Nothing, Just a Few Photos of a $7 Million Super Yacht Sinking into the Sea

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This week, a "super yacht" valued at somewhere between $6 and $7 million, ran into a reef and sank off the coast of Mykonos, Greece. Now it's important to note that everyone aboard was rescued unharmed... So you can feel free to look at these incredible photos from the Daily Mail guilt-free.

Here's what the yacht looked like before:

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Here's what it looks like now:

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According to the Daily Mail , the owner of the yacht is still unknown but the boat was flying an American Flag before it sank. I'm sure some insurance company is sending someone to Greece right now, to try to find a loophole in the coverage. "Oh, see, your policy only covered you on land. I know, it's weird. You must have checked the wrong box. Had you crashed a truck that was driving the yacht, you'd have been covered, but on the sea, unfortunately you're screwed."

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Century-old sailing yacht Rhea deteriorates following failed relaunch in Greece

The 28-metre traditional tall ship Rhea is partially sunk following a "disastrous" relaunch from Cheimonas Shipyard in Chalkida near Athens. Rhea arrived for maintenance works in October 2023 with plans to spend the 2024 summer charter season based in the village of Lakka in Paxos. 

Captain David Ross told BOAT International that she has been left submerged since her failed relaunch on 18 April. He added that there has been little intervention from the authorities.

"[This is] a Greek tragedy in the making. The 'comprehensive' insurance cover is yet to send a surveyor, the shipyard denies responsibility, and we are stuck in a perfect storm of legal and bureaucratic complications whilst Rhea deteriorates," said Ross. "Our lawyer and others are working hard for us, but in the meantime we will be starting  a Go Fund Me page for Rhea to get her recovered, repaired, and back to chartering."

The shipyard agreed to repair Rhea following original damages done by an incorrect hauling. According to Ross, a rapid relaunch and faulty sledge resulted in Rhea taking on water.

"She would have sunk completely if I had not driven the bows onto the shore at the last moment," Ross explained. "During this time we kept telling the yard we were sinking. They did not believe it until it was too late. We called the coast guard but even with their help we could not stop the inundation."

In 1900, Rhea (then Kjerstine ) was delivered by Nyborg Shipyard as a stone transport vessel. She has sailed under several monikers and been used as a charter yacht and touristic attraction since the 1970s. In 1989, David and his wife Penny purchased the yacht and recommissioned her.

Rhea is built entirely in oak and can accommodate eight guests and five crew. She is fitted with a single MAN diesel engine.

The extent of the damage is yet to be confirmed. BOAT International has reached out to the shipyard for comment.

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“This was a scary moment,” the skipper Jelmer van Beek said at the time. “Three orcas came straight at us and started hitting the rudders. Impressive to see the orcas, beautiful animals, but also a dangerous moment for us as a team.”

The ship that sank after an orca attack last year

While that attack didn’t result in the sinking of the ship, another sailing yacht sank near the Tanger Med port in November, The New York Times wrote. The crew of that ship had to abandon the boat after a group of orcas slammed into the rudder for a whole 45 minutes. (The whales have seemingly been targeting sailboats in particular.)

Researchers don’t know for sure why the whales have been attacking boats, but they think it may be one of the ways the orcas play, the Times said—a pretty dangerous form of amusement, albeit. Others have theorized that it’s a short-term fad among the animals, or that one orca experienced a traumatic event that made it aggressive and other whales began to mimic that behavior. The incidents have become so common in recent years that sailors trade advice online about how to maneuver in the Strait of Gibraltar area, and the Spanish government issued a release that included tips for sailors.

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Orcas Sink 49-Foot Yacht in Mystifying Trend Around the Strait of Gibraltar

A n unknown number of orcas sunk a sailing yacht in Moroccan waters in the Strait of Gibraltar on Sunday, according to Spain’s maritime rescue service. While orcas are typically peaceful, this is the latest in a string of attacks that have hit the region in the past four years.

Reuters reports that a 49-foot-long vessel, named the Alboran Cognac, carried two people and encountered the high social apex predators at 9 am local time on Sunday. The passengers reported sudden blows to the hull and rudder before the water started seeping into the ship. A nearby oil tanker rescued the two onboard and transported them to Gibraltar. The yacht was left to sink into the ocean.

Experts believe the orcas involved to be a subpopulation of about 15 individuals given the name “Gladis.” This group of juvenile males has sunk several yachts in the Strait of Gibraltar over the last four years, but experts are somewhat baffled as to why. While typically peaceful animals, the Gladis pod has plagued the small strip of water separating Europe and Africa for years.

There have been nearly 700 interactions between orcas and ships in the Strait of Gibraltar region since May 2020, according to Reuters. At the time, it seemed like one of many dystopian things going on in the world during the global pandemic. But the trend continues today, and we still don’t have much more of an explanation as to why this happens.

In 2020, photos of the Gladis pod revealed several injuries on the orcas’ bodies, possibly indicating previous run-ins with fishing boats. In a 2023 interview with NPR, director of the Orca Behavior Institute Monika Wieland Shields said we don’t know the motivation, but this could be a defense behavior based on previous trauma. It’s possible the orcas had negative experiences with a fishing boat, so now they see all large boats as a threat.

“I definitely think orcas are capable of complex emotions like revenge,” she told NPR. “I don’t think we can completely rule it out.”

However, Shields doesn’t completely subscribe to the “revenge” hypothesis. There have been plenty of other times when orcas around the world were targeted by boats, and they’ve never responded in this way before. Further, it doesn’t seem that this behavior is spreading to other orca pods.

Another theory is that ramming boats is just the latest orca fad, according to Renaud de Stephanis, president and coordinator at CIRCE Conservación Information and Research, a cetacean research group based in Spain. He told NPR in 2022 that “this is a game” for the orcas, and when they “ have their own adult life, it will probably stop. ” As orcas grow older, they have to help the pod hunt for food and have less time to play with sailboats.

Director of Bay Cetology, Jared Towers, told NPR that fads like this come and go in the orca society. Towers said some orcas in the Pacific in the 1990s would kill fish and swim around with it on their head. Now we don’t see that anymore. Hopefully, the boat ramming phenomenon will come and go like any other trend.

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Dow sinks 600 points The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered its worst day of the year, dropping over 600 points on Thursday. Boeing led the decline on the Dow. Despite reaching intraday record highs earlier, both the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq Composite ended the day in negative territory. Nvidia 's blockbuster earnings and guidance failed to prop up markets, with more than 400 stocks on the S&P 500 trading lower. Treasury yields extended gains as the Fed delays rate cuts, while oil prices bounced back after a three-day decline.

Nvidia pops Shares of Nvidia soared as much as 11% after the AI chipmaker's earnings that beat Wall Street's estimates . It also issued strong guidance as demand for its artificial intelligence accelerators remains robust. Shares passed $1,000 for the first time, reaching an all-time high of $1,063.20 during intraday trading, and are up about 111% this year.

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Musk disapproves China EV tariffs Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he's not in favor of tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles, which were imposed last week by President Joe Biden. "Neither Tesla nor I asked for these tariffs," Musk said in response to a question from CNBC's Karen Tso. "Tesla competes quite well in the market in China with no tariffs and no preferential support. I'm in favor of no tariffs."

Boeing sinks Shares of Boeing dropped 7.6% after CFO Brian West said the company would continue to burn through cash this year.  Delivery of new planes, a major source of revenue, will not improve in the second quarter. Boeing is facing a host of production issues related to safety concerns. The company burned through nearly $4 billion in cash in the first quarter and West believes that figure could be similar or "possibly a little worse" in the second quarter.

U.S. sues Live Nation The U.S. Department of Justice, joined by 30 states, has filed a lawsuit to break up Live Nation , the parent company of Ticketmaster, alleging monopolistic practices. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated Live Nation's anticompetitive conduct harms fans, artists, and smaller promoters, resulting in higher fees and fewer opportunities. Live Nation disputes the "absurd" claims, blaming rising ticket prices on factors like production costs and online scalping. Live Nation's shares fell 7.8%.

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[PRO] What's next for Nvidia? Wall Street analysts are revising their price targets for Nvidia upwards after its blowout earnings and guidance. Some had feared a slowdown in demand as Amazon and Microsoft wait for Nvidia's more powerful AI chips. Nvidia's decision to split its stock could provide more upside for investors.

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Nvidia's blockbuster earnings and forecast couldn't stop Wall Street from taking a late dive. Nvidia held up well, its stock closing above $1,000, up 9% on the day after reassuring investors its sales of graphics chips that power artificial intelligence weren't a flash in the pan.

What comes next for Nvidia is a 10-for-1 stock split; Post-split shares will start trading on June 10. Stock split will help retail investors, put off by a share price of a thousand-plus dollars, to buy them at around $100. Nvidia shares are up more than 240% in the last 12 months. 

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So what's freaking markets? According to the Charles Schwab Trader Sentiment Survey, the bullish outlook among traders fell to 46% from 53% in the second quarter.

"Traders began the year feeling pretty confident that the economy was improving and Fed rate cuts would be quick to follow," said James Kostulias, head of Trading Services at Charles Schwab. "But inflation concerns have jumped significantly."

Before the latest minutes from the Federal Reserve meeting, suggesting concern about stubborn inflation, some strategists had estimated the Fed could cut interest rates at least three times this year as prices cooled. Now, traders are lowering their expectations to just one cut, possibly in September or November.

As the first-quarter earnings season winds down, investors are shifting their attention to geopolitical concerns .

"The Fed has been pretty clear that they're not going to cut rates, so you don't have this, 'Will they or won't they' [scenario] keeping everybody on edge. We are going to start to see a turn to some of this geopolitical stuff, whether it's elections or the two ongoing wars," said Melissa Brown, managing director of applied research at SimCorp.

While events such as the U.S. and UK elections don't necessarily result in economic impacts, they do increase uncertainty, Brown noted.

"People may go from saying 'I'm just going to buy now,' to, 'Look, I'm gonna wait and see the outcome of this before I decide to commit more money to market,'" Brown said.

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When Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was considering potential running mates for his presidential run, his shortlist was initially topped by two well-known men with unusual résumés: Aaron Rodgers, the N.F.L. quarterback and frequent purveyor of conspiracy theories , and Jesse Ventura, the former governor of Minnesota and professional wrestler known as “The Body.”

Instead, Mr. Kennedy made a surprise pick — a woman and a little-known figure with an unusual background: Nicole Shanahan .

Ms. Shanahan, 38, a onetime Silicon Valley lawyer, has never held public office and has scant name recognition. But she was selected after Mr. Rodgers and Mr. Ventura fell through as vice-presidential candidates and Mr. Kennedy’s campaign needed money to fund its efforts to get onto state ballots, three people familiar with the events said. And money was something that Ms. Shanahan could provide in abundance.

Ms. Shanahan has a fortune of more than $1 billion that stems largely from her divorce settlement last year with Sergey Brin , a founder of Google, whose net worth exceeds $145 billion , three people with knowledge of her finances said. During their five-year marriage, Ms. Shanahan partied with Silicon Valley’s elite and used recreational drugs including cocaine, ketamine and psychedelic mushrooms, according to eight people and documents reviewed by The New York Times. Ms. Shanahan and Mr. Brin separated after she had a sexual encounter with Elon Musk in 2021, three of the people said.

The incidents were part of a rarefied — and sometimes turbulent — life that Ms. Shanahan led in the nation’s tech capital before her turn to politics, according to interviews with more than 20 people who know her or were briefed on her actions, as well as property records, court documents, tax records, emails and other messages reviewed by The Times. Many of the details of her life, including those of her divorce settlement, have not been reported.

“Status is very important to Nicole, and the amount of money you have,” said Daniel Morris, a photographer based in Puerto Rico who was friends with Ms. Shanahan and her first husband, Jeremy Kranz, a technology investor.

On the campaign trail, Ms. Shanahan has depicted herself as a hardworking former entrepreneur and lawyer, a success story who once needed food stamps and a unifier who can heal a divided America. But she has omitted and embellished parts of her history, including aspects of her relationship with Mr. Brin, to make herself appear more relatable, according to the people who know her and documents reviewed by The Times.

In a February interview with The Times, Ms. Shanahan described herself as a onetime “Silicon Valley princess.” In response to questions for this article, she texted: “I’m shocked the NYT is letting you run something like this.” The Kennedy campaign didn’t respond to requests for comment. Ms. Shanahan has publicly denied having an affair with Mr. Musk.

Mr. Musk, his lawyer and a spokeswoman for Mr. Brin did not return requests for comment.

Mr. Kennedy, who is running as an independent, picked Ms. Shanahan without his advisers having looked fully into her history or where her money was coming from, two people familiar with the campaign said. By then, she had already become a crucial financier of his run.

Ms. Shanahan, who has said she is a vaccine skeptic like Mr. Kennedy, funded a Super Bowl ad for Mr. Kennedy this year through a $4 million donation to a super PAC, American Values 2024. In March, she infused Mr. Kennedy’s campaign with an additional $2 million. Last week, she said she had given an additional $8 million .

Their ticket has secured a place on the presidential ballot in Michigan, a swing state, as well as in five other states. Mr. Kennedy has enough signatures to reach the ballot in seven additional states, his campaign has said, potentially putting him and Ms. Shanahan in a position to tip the November election.

Ms. Shanahan is “exactly the right person,” Mr. Kennedy said when he announced her as his running mate in March. He called her a “fierce warrior mom” who “overcame every daunting obstacle and went on to achieve the highest levels of the American dream.”

A Yoga Festival

On the campaign trail, Ms. Shanahan, who grew up in Oakland, Calif., has said she knew what it was like to be “one misfortune away from disaster. ”

Her father, Shawn Shanahan, couldn’t hold down a job, was diagnosed with bipolar schizophrenia when she was 9 years old and died in 2014, she has said. Her family struggled, Ms. Shanahan has said, needing food stamps and government assistance.

Ms. Shanahan obtained an athletic scholarship to attend Saint Mary’s College High School, a private Catholic school in Berkeley, Calif., according to the Kennedy campaign website. The school, which charges about $24,000 a year for tuition, confirmed that Ms. Shanahan had been a student but said it had never offered scholarships. Ms. Shanahan received some tuition assistance, the school said, but it declined to say how much.

Ms. Shanahan graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 2007, working at a Seattle law firm around the same time. She later worked at RPX, a patent firm, and in 2013, she founded ClearAccess IP, a patent tech company, according to her LinkedIn profile. She completed a law degree at the Santa Clara University School of Law in 2014.

Adam Philipp, the founder and managing partner of Aeon Law, the Seattle law firm where Ms. Shanahan worked, said he was impressed when she applied to be a paralegal in 2006. “She had a willingness to learn and an abundance of common sense,” he said.

In 2011, Ms. Shanahan began dating Mr. Kranz, a tech investor in San Francisco. She told people that she had converted to Judaism during that time for the relationship. Mr. Kranz bought a $2.7 million penthouse with views of San Francisco about a month before their wedding in August 2014, according to property records.

That July, Ms. Shanahan met Mr. Brin at a yoga festival in Lake Tahoe, Calif., four people with knowledge of the events said. He had recently separated from Anne Wojcicki, his wife at the time. Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan embarked on an affair weeks before her wedding to Mr. Kranz, the people said.

Mr. Kranz discovered the relationship several days after he married Ms. Shanahan when he saw texts between her and Mr. Brin on her phone, they said. He filed to annul the marriage 27 days after the wedding, court records show.

Mr. Kranz planned to list fraud as a reason for the annulment, the people said. But Ms. Shanahan was concerned that a fraud claim would jeopardize her ability to practice law. While negotiating with Mr. Kranz about their split, she threatened to harm herself, three people said.

Instead of an annulment, Mr. Kranz agreed to a divorce without making a fraud claim. As part of their settlement, Ms. Shanahan was required to remove any evidence of Mr. Kranz from her social media accounts and pay him $20,000 in partial wedding costs and legal fees, court records show. Mr. Kranz did not respond to a request for comment.

In an interview with People magazine last year, Ms. Shanahan said she started dating Mr. Brin in 2015. She recounted wandering Stanford University’s campus with the billionaire and discussing quantum physics.

“I was living in a fairy tale,” she said. “It was magical.”

Becoming a Philanthropist

Mr. Brin became Ms. Shanahan’s entryway to the tech industry’s upper echelons. The couple traveled the world, took trips on Mr. Brin’s yachts and stayed in the most elite camps at Burning Man, the countercultural annual festival in the Nevada desert.

They married in 2018 and had a daughter, Echo, that same year. They owned properties in Lake Tahoe; Los Altos, Calif.; Montana; and Malibu, Calif., where Ms. Shanahan now spends much of her time.

In 2019, Ms. Shanahan began building a foundation, Bia-Echo, named for her daughter, that focuses on criminal justice and fertility longevity. (Ms. Shanahan has said she struggled to become pregnant.) She used more than $20 million from Mr. Brin for the effort, according to tax documents.

To raise her profile, Ms. Shanahan hired Matthew Hiltzik, a publicist who has worked with Katie Couric and other high-profile women. Her goal was to become a famous philanthropist like MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, four people familiar with Ms. Shanahan’s plans said.

In 2020, Ms. Shanahan sold ClearAccess IP to IPwe, a patent technology firm, in exchange for IPwe stock that was valued at more than $10 million, two people familiar with the deal said. IPwe filed for bankruptcy this year.

Around the time of the sale, Ms. Shanahan and Mr. Brin learned that Echo was autistic. Ms. Shanahan has said the diagnosis made her question the use of childhood vaccines. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says childhood vaccines are safe.

In 2021, she paid more than $200,000 for a lifestyle photographer to take her photos for a San Francisco Magazine article called “Nicole Shanahan Is Fighting the Good Fight,” according to documents viewed by The Times. Ms. Shanahan was photographed in the country with horses, talking about her goals of creating a healthy and livable planet.

In the article, Ms. Shanahan said she had been sexually assaulted by an unnamed male co-worker while working for RPX. The episode caused her to sink into a severe depression and ultimately give up law, she said.

Daniel McCurdy, the chief executive of RPX, said in a statement that the company hadn’t been informed of the claim before the article was published, and that it had engaged a law firm to conduct an investigation. It was inconclusive, he said.

A Marriage Crumbles

Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan found the coronavirus pandemic lockdowns challenging, three people close to the couple said. Among other things, they struggled with their daughter’s autism diagnosis, the people said.

Ms. Shanahan began going out more without Mr. Brin, according to five people and documents viewed by The Times. At a party in early 2021 in Miami, Ms. Shanahan was so intoxicated by drugs and alcohol that she required an IV infusion, the documents show.

That fall, Ms. Shanahan threw a Studio 54-themed birthday party for herself at a New York club. Mr. Musk, a longtime friend of Mr. Brin’s, attended. In December 2021, Ms. Shanahan saw Mr. Musk again at a private party in Miami that his brother, Kimbal Musk, was hosting in connection with the Art Basel festival.

At that party, Elon Musk and Ms. Shanahan took ketamine, a popular party drug that is legal with a prescription, and disappeared together for several hours, according to four people briefed on the event and documents related to it. Ms. Shanahan later told Mr. Brin that she had had sex with Mr. Musk, three of the people said. She also relayed the details to friends, family and advisers.

Mr. Brin and Ms. Shanahan separated about two weeks after the party, and he filed for divorce the next year, citing “irreconcilable differences,” according to court documents.

In 2022, The Wall Street Journal reported Ms. Shanahan’s encounter with Mr. Musk. Mr. Musk and Ms. Shanahan have denied an affair.

In her interview with People last year, Ms. Shanahan said she and Mr. Musk had been talking about her daughter’s autism treatment that night. She also said it was humiliating to be known for a sexual act and called a cheater.

Ms. Shanahan and Mr. Brin took nearly 18 months to reach a divorce settlement, according to court records. During that time, she threatened to harm herself, two people briefed on the matter said. Their divorce became final last year.

Into Politics

For years, Ms. Shanahan donated to Democrats, according to donor filings. In 2020, she gave $25,000 to a political action committee backing President Biden. Then last year, she gave $6,600 to Mr. Kennedy — the maximum allowed for an individual contributor — when he was running as a Democrat for the presidential nomination.

In her February interview with The Times, Ms. Shanahan said she had initially been disappointed when Mr. Kennedy announced that he would run as an independent. But she began to pour money into his campaign, including the Super Bowl ad, which showed images of Mr. Kennedy superimposed on those of the 1960 presidential campaign of his uncle John F. Kennedy. At the time, Ms. Shanahan had spoken to Mr. Kennedy once and had never met him, she said.

In March, Ms. Shanahan and her new partner, Jacob Strumwasser, met Mr. Kennedy and his wife, Cheryl Hines, for dinner. During the meal, Mr. Strumwasser, who has worked in the crypto industry, suggested Ms. Shanahan for the vice president’s job, she said in a podcast this month with Sage Steele, a former ESPN anchor. Mr. Kennedy liked Ms. Shanahan’s story, people familiar with the campaign said.

In recent weeks, Ms. Shanahan has largely scrubbed her social media feeds, two people familiar with her and the Kennedy campaign said. Her social accounts are now populated with shots of herself without makeup at a farmers’ market as well as wearing Western gear and posing with rifles in Texas with Mr. Strumwasser. In the past, her feeds showed her dressed up for high-end events and posing for selfies.

Ms. Shanahan began attending campaign events with Mr. Kennedy this month. At a fund-raiser in Nashville last week, she announced that she had given another $8 million to the campaign and said, “I think I know what they’re going to say — they’re going to say Bobby only picked me for my money.”

Her remark drew laughter from the crowd.

Rebecca Davis O’Brien contributed reporting. Kitty Bennett contributed research.

Kirsten Grind is an investigative business reporter writing stories about companies, chief executives and billionaires across Silicon Valley and the technology industry. More about Kirsten Grind

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    The expensive-looking mega yacht disappeared beneath the waves. This is the moment a massive and expensive superyacht sank off the Italian coast over the weekend.. The Italian Coast Guard had to ...

  13. Super yacht My Saga sinks off Italian coast

    A 40-metre super yacht worth millions sinks off the Italian coast. By Devon Pendleton. August 25, 2022 — 6.34am. Save. Log in, register or subscribe to save articles for later.

  14. Dramatic video shows the moment a 140ft superyacht sinks off ...

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  15. Superyacht sinks off the coast of Italy

    Share. The moment a 40-metre superyacht sank off the coast of southern Italy was captured on video. Footage released by the Italian Coast Guard shows the luxury yacht, 'Saga,' sinking about nine ...

  16. Italy: Moment 40-metre superyacht sinks off the coast of Catanzaro

    Worsening weather conditions made it challenging for the tug boat to bring the 40-metre yacht back to safety. Monday 22 August 2022 15:28, UK. Italy. 0:44. Italian Coastguard rescued nine people ...

  17. Super yacht sinks off coast of Italy

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022. A giant boat sinking off the coast of Italy was caught on video. ROME -- Questions abound after a massive 130-foot luxury vessel was swallowed up by the sea. The whole ...

  18. Superyacht sinking off Italian coast caught on video

    Footage captured the moment disaster struck off the Italian coast. The Italian Coast Guard released videos of 130-foot superyacht My Saga sinking into the Mediterranean Sea. The yacht was cruising ...

  19. 39m My Saga Super Yacht Sinks on the Coast of Italy After Rescue

    When navigating through the Gulf of Squillace at around 1 pm, about 9 nautical miles (16.6 km) from the coast of Catanzaro Marina in Italy, the super yacht My Saga was seen sinking sideways.

  20. Superyacht worth £6m sinks in Torquay Harbour after setting on fire

    First published on Sat 28 May 2022 11.09 EDT. A superyacht estimated to be worth £6m has sunk after firefighters battled to extinguish a fire on the vessel while it was moored in a marina in ...

  21. Super Yacht Sinks Off the Coast of Mykonos

    This week, a "super yacht" valued at somewhere between $6 and $7 million, ran into a reef and sank off the coast of Mykonos, Greece. Now it's important to note that everyone aboard was rescued ...

  22. Century-old sailing yacht Rhea deteriorates following failed relaunch

    Century-old sailing yacht Rhea deteriorates following failed relaunch in Greece. The 28-metre traditional tall ship Rhea is partially sunk following a disastrous relaunch from a shipyard in Chalkida near Athens. Rhea arrived for maintenance works in late March with plans to spend the 2024 summer charter season based in the village of Lakka, Paxi.

  23. Orcas Just Sunk a 50-Foot Sailing Yacht in the Strait of Gibraltar

    The duo was rescued on Sunday after a group of orcas sunk their sailing yacht near the Strait of Gibraltar, The New York Times reported on Tuesday. The seafarers were out on the 50-foot Alboran ...

  24. Orcas Sink 49-Foot Yacht in Mystifying Trend Around the Strait of ...

    While orcas are typically peaceful, this is the latest in a string of attacks that have hit the region in the past four years. Reuters reports that a 49-foot-long vessel, named the Alboran Cognac ...

  25. Ritz-Carlton's Second Luxury Superyacht Cruise Ship Completes Sea Trials

    Published May 21, 2024 4:38 PM by The Maritime Executive. The second luxury superyacht building for the brand extension for Ritz-Carlton completed sea trials yesterday, May 20, off the coast of ...

  26. CNBC Daily Open: Dow sinks 600 points, Nvidia soars

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  27. Inside the Life of Nicole Shanahan, RFK Jr.'s Running Mate

    Kennedy has enough signatures to reach the ballot in seven additional states, his campaign has said, potentially putting him and Ms. Shanahan in a position to tip the November election. Ms ...