SYT first reported on the grounding of the 48-metre motor yacht Elsa which ran aground on the Caribbean island of Saba in March this year. Since the incident took place, authorities and salvage experts have been working on removing the vessel in one piece from the sensitive marine environment in which she found herself.
According to a local Saba news source, it was during these operations that the vessel was declared a complete loss, and salvage attempts were abandoned and work turned to the removal of the ship in whichever way would cause the least damage to the surrounding area.
Dutch salvage company Koole-Mammoet concluded the final inspection of the area on 15th July this year after successfully removing the wreckage of the vessel from the island. Some days later, the Ladder hiking trail was reopened for island residents and visitors, and guided diving buoys in the waters around the operation site have once again been installed.
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