UK Tug Arrives Amid ‘£1.7M’ Yacht Salvage Talks

20th November 2017

The stricken yacht – P6T2 – pictured in St Helier. It is believed to be worth around £1.7 million

An update is expected today on the fate of a sunken 62 foot yacht, believed to be worth around £1.7 million, that went down west of Noirmont on Friday.
Two men were saved by the Fire Service Inshore Rescue boat after the vessel struck the Ruaudiere Buoy in St Aubin’s Bay just before 6pm.
The yacht – a Pershing named P6T2 –  had been en-route to Guernsey.
It sank quickly, but the Pilot vessel Rival managed to move into deeper water – west of Noirmont Point and just south of the main commercial passage.
It is currently in waters around 20 metres deep just off Portelet.
Two people who have conducted separate dives over the weekend have told Channel 103 that the stricken yacht has two large holes on its underside – one of which is around 6 foot long.
One of the divers describes a scene of “carnage” in the boat’s living quarters, where items including toolboxes, furniture and glass bottles are said to be floating around.

The luxury yacht went down after hitting the Ruadiere buoy on Friday evening

Ports of Jersey has said the submerged vessel is not a danger to passing boats, and there is no evidence of a fuel leak.
The western approaches to and from St Helier Harbour were closed for a time on Saturday until a hydrographic survey could be done to confirm it was safe for commercial marine traffic.
Jersey Coastguard is talking to the private-owners’ insurance about salvaging the yacht.
P6T2 sank just hours after the RNLI closed the St Helier lifeboat station and took the island’s all-weather lifeboat to the UK following a long-running dispute with the volunteer crew.
The collision also came as Ports of Jersey’s tug – the Duke of Normandy –  is in Scotland, where it is “undertaking commercial work”.
A UK tug – MTS Vulcan II – arrived in the island this morning from Brixham in Devon.
A spokesperson has confirmed that this visit was planned, and is not as a result of Friday’s accident.
“Before agreeing to undertaking work off-island we look at planned local work projects and weather patterns to determine whether a relief vessel is required during its absence.”

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