31m Hargrave yacht La Dolce Vita sinks in Florida

Written by Charl van Rooy

The 31-metre Hargrave yacht La Dolce Vita burnt down near Marquesas in Key West, Florida last week Tuesday after a fire broke out on the vessel’s starboard generator. All six persons aboard the yacht at the time of the incident were safely evacuated by tender and later transported ashore by rescue crew and an investigation into the cause of the fire is underway.La Dolce Vita yacht wreckage near MarquesasPhoto: Coast Guard Photos

Since the incident, the U.S. Coast Guard has been busy overseeing the diesel spill cleanup that occurred as a result of the damage caused to the yacht. “The owner of the vessel is taking responsibility to contain and remove the resulting diesel spill,” the Coast Guard announced in a statement. According to reports, La Dolce Vita was carrying nearly 4,500 gallons of diesel fuel at the time and it is unknown how much was discharged. La Dolce Vita yacht wreckage near MarquesasPhoto: Coast Guard Photos

"Right now, the Coast Guard's main concern is the environmental threat," said Chief Petty Officer Thomas Goggans, Coast Guard Sector Key West incident management supervisor. "The location of the fuel spill is within a National Marine Sanctuary and a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge." La Dolce Vita yacht wreckage near MarquesasPhoto: Coast Guard Photos

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