Classic Benetti yacht Lalibela scrapped after fire damage

Written by Ralph Dazert

The 42-metre Benetti motor yacht Lalibela was badly damaged by a fire at Port Camille Rayon in Golfe Juan on 13 October 2018. Sadly, it has now been confirmed that the classic yacht, built in 1972, has been scrapped in Turkey.Lalibela yacht at the scrap yard in Aliaga, TurkeyPhoto: Fatih TakmakliThe yacht was severely damaged by the fire in October 2018 and left partly submerged. The burnt wreck was towed away from Golfe Juan in February 2019, allegedly to Italy, but as seen on this picture from a SuperYacht Times reader, the final destination was the scrapyard. Lalibela was beached at a ship recycling facility in Aliaga, Turkey, and scrapping was completed in April 2019.Lalibela yacht in Port Camille Rayon after the firePhoto: Bruno Buisson / SuperYacht TimesLalibela was originally built in 1972 as Diana I for a well known German industrialist who sold her when he took delivery of the 60-metre Feadship Diana II (now Sanoo). At 42 metres, Diana I was the third largest yacht built by Benetti in the 1970s and was only surpassed by the 52.9-metre Galu and the 47.8-metre Ilham II (now Um Hurair) which narrowly escaped the same fate as Lalibela, as she was fully rebuilt after a serious fire in 2003.Diana I cruising



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